September 27, 2016

Chobani Moves From Product Withdrawal To Product Recall

One week after Chobani discovered a mold problem with yogurt produced at its Idaho facility, the company has issued a recall. Up until today, the company had initiated a product withdrawal, which it told customers about via Facebook. The initial post about the problem on August 31 was vague and left consumers with more questions than answers. In the dark with moldy yogurt is not a good place to be, and Chobani customers let the company know with hundreds of comments on Facebook. The initial post contained the following language: “Upon hearing of isolated quality concerns surrounding certain cups, we thoroughly investigated and were able to determine an issue of quality, not food safety.  We are working with our retail partners to voluntarily and proactively remove and replace cups … [Read more...]

Chobani Problems May Be Caused by Mold

The FDA is now looking into the Chobani yogurt recall. Chobani pulled its product from store shelves after consumers reported bad tasting yogurt and containers that were bloated and hissing. Others have said the yogurt is more watery than usual. The recalled products have a code of 16-012 and expiration dates from September 9 to October 7, 2013. Mold is a food safety issue when on any product where it's not intended, such as blue cheese. Soft products such as yogurt must be discarded when mold is present. According to several news outlets, some people have reportedly become sick after eating the yogurt. Those people have posted on Chobani's Facebook page. More than 500 comments on that page began on August 31 and continue through today. A search of the FDA's web site has revealed … [Read more...]

In Canada, Baby Food Recalled for Mycotoxin

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency and Wonder Berry North America are warning the public not to consume certain baby cereal products imported from Russia because they may contain mycotoxin HT-2. There has been one reported illness associated with the consumption of these products. The products were distributed in Alberta, Ontario, and Quebec. All lot codes of UMNITZA (in Russian language) brand baby cereal products from the Russian Federation are affected. You can see the list of products, sizes, and UPC numbers at the CFIA web site. The products include Buckwheat, 7 Grains, 5 Grains, Corn, Rice, and Wheat baby cereal. HT-2 is a mycotoxin produced by the Fusarium species of mold. It can grow in grains and cereals. The toxin causes nausea, vomiting, and abdominal pain. For more … [Read more...]

Winn-Dixie Recalls Organic Apple Juice for Patulin

Winn-Dixie is recalling some of its organic apple juice because it could have unacceptable levels of patulin, a toxic mold by-product, that exceeds FDA limits. Patulin is a mycotoxin of molds that can grow on fruits and vegetables. Any products made from concentrate with a patulin level of over 50 part per billion are subject to a voluntary recall. There have been no reports of illness associated with the consumption of this product. The recalled product is Winn-Dixie Organic 100% Apple Juice in 64 ounce containers. The UPC number is 2114021626. Expiration dates are between 1/15/2014 and 3/25/2014. The product was sold in Winn-Dixie stores in Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana. If you purchased this product, return it to the place of purchase for a refund, or you … [Read more...]

Wegmans Recalls Fruit Juices for Patulin, a Mold By-Product

Wegmans is recalling two types of its store brand fruit juices because they contain an unacceptable level of patulin, which is a by-product of mold. Patulin is a mycotoxin produced by molds such as Penicillium, Aspergillus, and Byssochylamys. An ingredient used to make the juices is the problem. Patulin is not Penicillin and it is not a mold. It's not likely that exposure to patin at the low levels found in the juice would cause any symptoms, but you should not consume it because in laboratory animals it can cause DNA damage and damage the immune and nervous systems. The recalled products are Wegmans Food You Feel Good About Organic Apple Juice in 64 ounce containers. The UPC number is 77890-20605-8 with expiration dates of 1/28/2014 through 3/19/2014. The other product is Wegmans Food … [Read more...]

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