Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Times-News: More Illness Linked to Chobani Yogurt, Company 'Sidestepping Questions'

Posted By on Wed, Sep 25, 2013 at 9:47 AM

In the two months since consumer complaints first surfaced, the Food and Drug Administration has received nearly 300 reports of illness from Chobani Yogurt and the complaints have more than doubled in the past two weeks.

Chobani officials said they had voluntarily recalled 35 varieties of its yogurt from stores nationwide and that in early September, 95 percent of the affected product had been destroyed.

But this morning's Twin Falls Times-News reports that "at least three consumers have contacted the Times-News since then, saying they were violently ill for days after consuming Chobani yogurt."

The Times-News' Joe Cadotte writes this morning that "Chobani spokeswomen repeatedly have sidestepped questions about how the yogurt was tainted, what the company is doing to avoid another outbreak of mold, and why illnesses still are being reported long after the affected cups were removed from stores."

Several public health officials and a food scientist with the University of Idaho told the Times-News in early September that the type of mold found in the affected yogurt cups was only harmful to people with compromised immune systems.

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