September 6, 2013

Maine officials receive no complaints of tainted yogurt

By David Hench dhench@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

Maine officials say they have received no reports from anyone who may have gotten sick from Chobani yogurt since the company announced a recall of the Greek-style yogurt because some containers were moldy.

The yogurt maker started contacting individual retailers last week, saying some shipments should be pulled off the shelves because of possible mold contamination. The company on Thursday announced a broad voluntary recall of yogurt with the lot number 16-012 with expiration dates between Sept. 11 and Oct. 7, including shipments that made their way to Maine.

Ron Dyer, director of quality assurance regulation at the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry,  said the department has received no reports of people buying tainted yogurt or becoming ill in Maine.

Customers said the tainted yogurt caused the cups to swell and had a peculiar taste. Several people reported becoming ill after eating it, according to federal authorities. The company said it identified the mold as being a type common in dairy operations. The tainted yogurt came from its large facility in Idaho.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration reported that 21 people nationwide had called the agency to complain about the tainted yogurt and another 23 sent emails of complaint. A spokesman did not specify where the complaints originated.

Consumers who bought any of the affected containers are advised to contact the company for a refund, at chobani.com/care.

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