October 24, 2016

GoGo Squeez Recalls Applesauce Pouches for Possible Mold

Gogo squeeZ®  is recalling some of its applesauce fruit pouches because some common mold has grown in some of the products. An independent lab tested the mold and found it doesn't pose a health risk, but it is unpleasant, so the company is recalling the product. The products with a "Best Before Date" between 6/30/16 and 7/26/16 made in the U.S. are being recalled. The product was shipped nationwide. No other GoGo squeeZ® products are affected by this recall. The company is working with the FDA to find and fix the problem. If you purchased this product, do not eat it. Discard or return to the place of purchase for a refund. For more information, you can visit the GoGo squeeZ® web site. … [Read more...]

Walgreens Recalls Mini Donuts for Possible Mold

Walgreens is recalling mini powdered sugar donuts because they may have mold. Some consumers have complained that mold was observed on the products. The recalled item is Nice! Powdered Sugar Mini Donuts, which were distributed to Walgreens stores nationwide. It is in an 11.5 ounce package and marked with WIC number 178206 and UPC number 4902264948. Those number are found near the product bar code, next to the nutrition label on the package. If you purchased this product, do not eat it. Discard or return to the place of purchase or any Walgreens store for a refund. … [Read more...]

FDA Warns of Dietary Supplements with Live Yeast in Immunocompromised Persons

The FDA is warning those who are immunocompromised against taking dietary supplements that contain live bacteria or yeast and is warning healthcare providers about the use of these products in susceptible patients. A premature infant who was given ABC Dophilus Powder as part of an in-hospital treatment developed gastrointestinal mucormycosis caused by the mold Rhizopus oryzae and died. Rhizopus oryzae mold was found in an unopened container of the ABC Dophilus Powder. The FDA has sent a letter to healthcare providers around the country regarding this issue. That product was recalled on November 14, 2014 by the FDA for the mold. After the infant's death, FDA is telling healthcare providers that dietary supplements are not regulated as drugs by the FDA. They are not subject to FDA's … [Read more...]

Chobani’s Moldy Yogurt, Who Knew What, When?

A 2013 recall of Chobani yogurt has federal and state authorities squaring off over who knew what when. The he said/she debate between the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Idaho State Department of Agriculture (ISDA) was touched off by a recent news report about the recall based on Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request obtained by Times-News.  Chobani Inc. is based in Twin Falls, Idaho. In September 2013, the company issued a recall for all of its Greek Yogurt products  "due to reports of product bloating and swelling and some claims of illness." The company temporarily ceased production of the product as it sought to solve the problem which turned out to be a mold, called Mucor circinelloides, that causes dairy products to spoil but does not pose a health risk for … [Read more...]

Research Finds Chobani Yogurt Fungus Potentially Harmful; Company Disagrees

Research published in the peer-reviewed journal MBio has found that the fungus that contaminated Chobani yogurt and was the trigger for a recall last fall was potentially dangerous. At that time, a researcher at Cornell University said that the mold, Mucor circinelloides, "should not pose a health risk to most consumers. Very rarely, it can act as an opportunistic pathogen, but not through food and usually only for people with compromised immune systems through inhalation." In the study, researchers at Duke University isolated M. circinelloides from the yogurt and cultured it. The isolate was obtained from a container purchased by a couple in Texas who developed nausea, diarrhea, and vomiting after consuming the product. Researchers injected the isolate into mice. Some of them got … [Read more...]

Chobani Complaints Pour Into FDA

Complaints about recalled Chobani yogurt are pouring into the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). As of Friday, September 13, at least 170 people had contacted the agency to say they became ill after eating recalled Chobani yogurt. The FDA has not tested any of these individuals and has not established an association between the yogurt and the illnesses, agency spokespeople said Friday. On September 5,  Chobani issued a recall of yogurt products because on "product concerns." There had been some reports of illness associated with yogurt in containers that appeared bloated or swollen. Some customers also reported an off taste and hissing or exploding containers. The yogurt was found to be contaminated  with Mucor circinelloides, a type of mold that causes dairy products to … [Read more...]

Cornell Professor Identifies Mold in Chobani Yogurts

Randy Worobo, a professor of Food Science at Cornell University, said that the mold in the recalled Chobani yogurt containers is Mucor circinelloides. This species of mold is "not considered a disease-causing foodborne organism", according to the press release. He said in a statement, "Mucor circinelloides is a species of mold commonly associated with fruits, vegetables and dairy that has been reported to cause spoilage like swelling and bloating in yogurt. The mold should not pose a health risk to most consumers. Very rarely, it can act as an opportunistic pathogen, but not through food and usually only for people with compromised immune systems through inhalation." Some people have reportedly become sick after eating the yogurt, but there is no word on any confirmed illnesses or if … [Read more...]

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