The United States Food and Drug Administration reported Tuesday that it has received at least 89 reports of people getting sick after consuming Chobani Greek yogurt that may have been contaminated by mold.
The reports have not been confirmed and do not represent any conclusion by the FDA about whether the product actually caused the illnesses. Chobani voluntarily removed the product from store shelves after receiving consumer complaints about swollen or bloated yogurt containers.
The New Berlin, New York-based company released a statement last week on its blog saying in part:
"Our thorough investigation has identified a type of mold commonly found in the dairy environment. The product in question is less than 5% of our production and is limited to products produced at our Idaho facility, which accounts for only one third of our production capacity."
The company initially worked with retail partners to voluntarily withdraw the majority of potentially affected products, which bear the code "16-012" and have expiration dates between September 11 and October 7 of this year. A voluntary recall is now in effect and specific packaging information can be found on FDA.gov.
The mold that contaminated cups of Chobani yogurt is a species called Mucor circinelloides, the company said last week. The organism is used for the production of natural flavor compounds, and the mold should not pose a health risk to most consumers, according to a food safety expert who is advising the company.
Consumers who have purchased the affected yogurt are advised to contact Chobani's Customer Loyalty Team directly at chobani.com/care or call 877-847-6181 between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET to coordinate replacements.
Strained, Greek-style yogurt has increased wildly in popularity in the United States over the past several years. Recently the U.S. Department of Agriculture kicked off its National Greek Yogurt Pilot Program, offering it as part of school meal programs. The creamy treat offers higher nutritional benefits than traditional yogurt with less sugar, carbohydrates, sodium and lactose, as well as an increase in protein per ounce. Chobani products included in the program are produced in the company's New York State facility.
The ballooning demand for the dairy option has created a $2 billion industry, and raised some controversy about the potential effects on the environment from a byproduct of yogurt production.
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i'm sickened by greek yogurt every time i come in contact with it. gross.
Mold, salmonella, green onions, and bird flu, you ain't got nothin' on me! I have so many hiding in corners already...
Don't mess with me. I've killed people. Try the hummus.
You both make me sick.
Guess which fresh fruit or veggie will be contaminated today? Yes, it's time to play America's fastest-growing game, BOTULISM ROULETTE! From salmonella in the green onions to giardiasis in the water, you're surrounded by playful micro-organisms that only want to get close to you. Who will be our lucky winner today? You? You? or lucky YOU?
When they made Chobani yogurt, the Mold was broken.
I always have green onions with my religion. Helps me p00.
Then you should DEFINITELY try the hummus.
"Only Natural Ingredients" At least that claim is still true with the mold in it.
Come to the darkside!
I make my own yogurt! Sometimes I strain it and I get that whey. You know what I do??? I take that whey and make pickles.
And when you least expect it, we will strike. You humans are doomed, doomed I tell you.
Remind them to try the hummus.
Sometimes when I strain, I get "that way" too. giggle blush tee hee
I used to make my own yogurt. Then I began buying plain yogurt. I tried the greek style and found that the only brand I liked was Chabani. Since it is so expensive I only bought it occasionally. Now with this contamination problem, our local stores are selling their Chabani stock for very low prices. These aren't the swollen or moldy containers. I bought one and the appearance was just fine as was the taste. So I went back and bought a whole bunch. All were fine.
Now I have a good supply in my 'frig. I don't live in the area where the contaminated cartons were found. I have so far eaten about five of the ones I purchased and am fine. I have gotten food poisoning from eating in a restaurant so I know that is no picnic. But I also know that contamination happens and just because it's in one area doesn't mean it's everywhere. Since the Chibani containers selling in my area didn't have the signs the public was told to look for I figured the batches made here were okay. So far so good.
On the whole though, I will stick to regular yogurt. While greek yogurt has more protein than regular yogurt, it also has less calcium. I use other sources for protein. I use yogurt for calcium. Greek yogurt is more for a treat than anything else.
If the world wasn't overpopulated with 38 zillion people, it wouldn't matter if someone had a little Greek yogurt byproduct. But with 39 zillion people (up to 39 because they are breeding as we speak) then we have a problem. Just use birth control. Keep those tadpoles in check. Not every egg needs to become a chicken. You don't need to propagate yourself over and over.
Honey, the number of people in the world doesn't have any bearing at all on whether or not the yogurt you are was contaminated. Don't forget to try the hummus.
"89 Sickened by Yogurt" Make that 90 – I can't stand the stuff.
Clabbered Goat Milk with Blueberries, what could go wrong? Yeah, I can't eat it either. Nasty stuff.
Hey guys remember me?
Small-timer. Get lost, me and Religion are talkin' here.
You guys are amateurs. I kill more people everyday than all of you combined!
Maybe, but I will catch up to you one day. There will come a day when Mankind lives in peace and no man's hand is turned against his fellow, and on that day I will give you all Montezuma's Revenge of Doom.
"The mold that contaminated cups of Chobani yogurt is a species called Mucor circinelloides, the company said last week. The organism is used for the production of natural flavor compounds, and the mold should not pose a health risk to most consumers, according to a food safety expert who is advising the company."
Yeah, maybe the "expert" should try eating the product himself and see if he sticks with his so-called conclusion. It's obvious it IS causing a health risk. Maybe they should not use risky organisms to fake flavor compunds. Just like they do with artificial colors and other ridiculous additives. The key here is to go with a product that is not (genetically?) modified. And more importantly, maybe we should focus on finding ways to better build our immune systems to protect against these "oopses" that keep occuring left and right. If we can't control mold, e-coli, etc, then we need to help our bodies fight this junk better
Ridiculous. So much wrong I don't know where to start. Yogurt's spoiled milk, for a start. Like cheese, it has stuff added to it to make it clabber up into solids. Without small amounts of that mold, I guess it stays spoiled milk instead of turning into yogurt. And I guess you just tossed in "genetically modified" for style, right? How do you suggest we change our immune systems to resist e. coli, by the way? Controlled mutation? Genetic modification? Cyborg intestines?
We fruits and vegetables have decided to wipe you humans out and keep the Earth for ourselves. Try the hummus.
I wouldn't put that hummus on my begonias.
Thank you very much.
FAGE is the only Greek yogurt, this is just Greek wanna be, they can call it Greek Style yogurt but not Greek yogurt. I hate when all the companies name their shitty yogurts Greek
Do you hate it when something claims to be "Gangnam Style" but it's not? Try the hummus.
I am NOT trying the hummus.
I do it Gangnam Style.
I read about Chobani first time today, I will get it next time when I go to store.
I'll be seeing you.
Ironically, I just said to my team at work everytime I eat the yogurt I get a stomach ache and I saw an article about Mold growing in Chobani. Which I've been eating just about daily for 1 year. I threw the rest out yesterday just in case. But geesh, I hope I don't get gut rot now.
Nah, you probably just hardened your immune system against everything under the sun!
What doesn't kill you makes you stronger, fortunate human, but we will get you yet. Try the hummus.
Your year long stomach aches have nothing to do with the recall. Greek yogurt has a ton of dairy protein, about 25% your DV, and dropping a lump of protein in your stomach is going to make it feel weird.
"everytime I eat the yogurt I get a stomach ache" Lactose intolerant? Possible.
A Turkish manufacturer producing- strained yogurt in the US of A does NOT constitute Greek yogurt. Stick to FAGE.
It,s not the fault of trucking.no one said the reefer ran out of fuel yogurt is dated short shelve life
I have always enjoyed this yogurt until last year. I found mold on the top of one container and took it back to my Iowa grocery store. Thought it was an isolated incident or the stores refrigeration maybe. So I tried this brand again a month or so later and found more mold. I took this back to my store for credit also. Then I emailed Chobani to let them know what's up and they did apologize and gave me coupons for their product. So really this has been a problem for quite some time. I did enjoy the product but with other choices out there, I probably won't buy this brand again. So this really was not a problem that was just happening recently. It has been going on for awhile.
I love Greek Yogart.
It might be Yo Gurt, but it ain't My Gurt.
We will get you all one day.
I have killed more people than you have.
The last laugh is mine.
Not if I get you first..
Hey, have you tried the Condoleezza Rice at Chi-Chi's?
I guess, these things happens, but it's still the best yogart.
I just threw all of mine out!! I think I had 5 or 6 containers. So I won't buy Chobani any more! Simple solution !!
There are others that have a better track record for their quality control!! Sorry Chobani !! it was a good run while it lasted.
Tea party patriots enjoy swallowing throat yogurt.
Just stop. Even I don't remember me anymore.
Didn't you invent the Palin Drome?
I purchased it before I was aware of the recall, boy did it make me sick. I'll never purchase this product again, when I opened the other containers i had left they smelled like barf. This should have been a mandatory recall, what if someone fed this barf to a baby?
Would you feed something that smells like barf to a baby? Most people would toss it. To each their own i guess!
All food recalls are "voluntary" because the FDA doesn't have legal authority to force companies to recall bad food products. Sounds crazy, but it's true. Read the book "Fast Food Nation" for details.
And notice that any time you hear of a food recall, it will always says, "The company is voluntarily recalling the product", as if they are doing you a favor.
This is mostly because it happens so fast; the company doesn't dare refuse because a court order will be on the way accusing them of selling dangerous food, and it will require a court appearance at that point. No one wants the FDA saying "We had to arrest them to make them stop selling it" when they could be saying "the company took immediate steps to safeguard their customers." You sell more food that way in the end. And the company makes money by providing a service, yogurt when you want it, more than it does on any individual product, so they can dump a week's worth of product and not lose as long as the customers are still there.
You cannot feed heavy yogurt to babies... That's why they sell special yogurt for babies and toddlers (Yo'Baby or Yo'Toddler).
Never give a baby real yogurt, it is too heavy for them to digest.
I did! I fed it to both of my kids who both complained that it didn't taste good. They are both very whiny so I told them it was fine and to eat it (They didn't, but I refused to give them a different snack, I hate yogurt myself so I honestly can't tell the difference, I think it all tastes bad)! Both got sick shortly after. Then a day later I read about the recall and checked my lot numbers. Yup. Boy did I feel bad. To make matters worse one of my kids has autism and now refuses to eat yogurt, it was one of the very few sources of protein she would eat. This is just awful. I wrote to chobani and heard NOTHING back from them. No offer of refund, no apology NOTHING. Screw chobani, I'm never buying their product again.
See their website for apologies – they are very busy apologizing right now. And don't eat the hummus, really.
imake a gallon of milk into yoghut weekly.. Chopnai trompani greek my foot. It only cost me 3 bucks.
This Yogurs IS NOT GREEK YOGURT!!! It is Turkish!!! There is a difference.
If you want to be precise with the details, the owner is a Kurdish Turkish citizen but does not consider himself Turkish. However In Turkey he is stil considered among the wealthiest Turks.
Well, so much for that Greek Yogurt craze.
It is not greeek.. it is lebanese man... lol ... any thing can be marketed to the uneducated american consumer.. greek shoes salad ... lol
"It is not greeek.. it is lebanese man." Man, I could care less about its sexual preferences. Is it safe to eat?
The two men living across the hall from me are "Greek." I think the two girls next door are Lebanese. Nothing wrong with diversity.
I have a cup of Chobani every morning. I really enjoy it. I think I would recognize something wrong with a cup if mold were present, would toss it in the trash, and go get another cup. I have tried other brands of yogurt and will remain a loyal Chobani consumer.
I've contacted Chobani twice now and no response. I realize I only had 3 tubs left, but two were from a larger multipack that mostly was thrown away due to off-taste.
My girlfriend and I heard about this last week and sure enough, most of ours were contaminated and some were even puffy. Luckily, neither of us got sick from it. Last night, we went to Target to see that they still had Cobani on their shelves and they were extremely puffy. We brought one to the manager and informed her about the contamination and that they should be removed. She said that the recall was not in there computer system for some reason??? However, I'm pretty sure they still removed them.
I can't take it anymore.
the mould has a greek name as well.. just add it to the list of ingredients.. lol!!
I agree, Chobani is the best yogurt out there. This sounds like a bad batch. That happens nearly every day in the food industry. Bad peanut butter. Bad hamburger meat. Bad dog food. Bad baby formula. Etc etc etc. And no, it's not just products from China. At least no one died.
See you next time.
I bet if this was a brand from China there would be so many racist comments about China and Chinese people. But since Chobani is a brand from the states they get a free pass? Such double standards.
I like it!
I can't stand Chobanis and there are too many of them in this country already. Some of them moved in down the road and they have too many dogs and children and they drive a car and I see them sometimes and I just hate them so much. So now maybe someone will DO something about them.
As the French would say....Goût distinctif.
Chobani is still the best yogurt out there now.
This is happening more and more because the Truckers who transport our food cannot afford,or decide not to fill there Reefer with fuel....Reefer being the tank that supplies the energy to the Air-Conditioner on refrigerated Units! GLOBAL DILEMA, not just happening in the United States, this is happening everywhere!!
This incident isn't caused by the trucking industry but you do bring up a valid point. This is the first time I've heard of truckers not maintaining the proper fuel requirements for transporting food products. It is a scary thought when their cargo plays a huge risk to the health of thousands. Is this being done by independent truck drivers or a company policy? Either way, if it is true I'd like to see it brought to light because of the risk involved.
"This is the first time I've heard of truckers not maintaining the proper fuel requirements for transporting food products."
Not true, never happens, and the refer doesn't affect your mileage. Probably another 7th grader talking big.
Cheater-Boxes in the Reefer Unit would pick this up (temperature ranges) , and the load would/could be rejected.
I'm glad about government oversight here but hope that consumers will punish the offending supplier CHOBANI. The name is misleading, sounds like some Iranian-type name but in actuality is produced -- I learned here -– in Idaho!!! So what's the deal? Can't a product be honest in its marketing? More importantly, I object to the company spin in their statement above. After all we are talking about people's health....what nonsense is that to say 'ONLY 1/3 of our production is located in the Idaho facility'???? I did not hear an apology to the victim-customers nor did I hear how they intend to ensure that this will never happen again. F MINUS on dealing with this issue.
Calm down big guy. How is the name misleading? They make greek yogurt, you expect it to only come from Greece? Do you expect a company that makes philly cheese steaks to import them all from Philly?
Them providing that information was to let consumers know how big of a recall it was. They're not underplaying it, they're just giving the public an idea of how big it was. If they had said it affected 80% of their production, obviously that's a much bigger deal.
If you're looking for your apology, try chobani.com. There's a huge apology site before you can even enter their main site.
The name "Chobani" is Turkish. It's named that because this company bought the rights to the yogurt's founder - A Turkish man.
Them saying that only a third of the production of their products is in Idaho isn't "spin," it's likely true, and it explains that their other products are not contaminated. If it weren't true, their lawyers wouldn't let them say it.
korkea aika: For someone whose name sounds foreign, you throw around a lot of bigotry. Check yourself. Unless your real name isn't foreign, in which case, you have the poorest handle of English grammar I've seen in awhile.
"awhile" is an adverb. You should have written "in a while."
korkea aika: Your argument is irrelevant. The name is not intended to mislead... for crying out loud it's just a name and nothing to do with dishonest marketing. Also even the CEO of the company issued an apology. Their website is full of information on how to track whether your yogurt is strained or not. BTW - I did get sick the other night after eating a cup of their mango yogurt. Whether or not it's because of that or the other stuff I ate, I am happy to be alive. Shit just happens and I hope the company will go through extra measures to ensure this will not happen again... I'm sure they will.
korkea - it's a name and nothing to do with dishonest marketing. The CEO apologized himself and they even have tons of information on their website to help track if your cups are strained. BTW I got sick the other night after eating a cup of mango yogurt. Whether or not it's because of that or the other stuff that I ate, I recovered.... now I'm moving on to buy more Chobani cups. Their ingredients (minus the mold of course) is better than others.... and that's just fact.
".what nonsense is that to say 'ONLY 1/3 of our production is located in the Idaho facility'????" What kind of fool doesn't know dairy is perishable? They have it made as close to the consumer as possible, of course, and anyone with good sense would see that instantly. You expect them to ship yogurt from Idaho to the east coast?
Really, think first and post second. You could have figured that out yourself.
Oh. . . there's one now!
Oh, there's my mirror, give me that!
Yes, this was reported over a week ago.
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