In a voluntary move as of today, Thursday, September 5, 2013, the yogurt maker Chobani, Inc., is issuing an immediate recall of their Greek yogurt products. Although it is not known as of yet what the cause of the problem may be, there are reports of consumers having become ill from ingesting some of these yogurt products. As well there have been incidents of “product bloating and swelling.” This report as claimed by Chobani does not come across as clearly as necessary. Does it refer to the yogurt itself swelling inside of a sealed container? Or does it mean that those who eat this food will experience such symptoms? The actual meaning could make a great deal of difference. If the yogurt is swelling within the container, the culprit could very well be botulism, as this is the same effect it has on canned goods. The toxin produces gases as it multiplies, which result in such expansion of the lid or other components of packaging. Botulism is a potentially life-threatening disease, and can result in paralysis even if not fatal. Do not confuse this, ever, with botox, a derivative of the bacteria, used in wrinkle-reduction.
If, on the other hand, the swelling and bloating are within the digestive tract of people eating the affected yogurt, the cause could be any of several. Since paralysis has not been mentioned, botulism may not be involved. However, other forms of spoilage, such as from dairy ingredients that have not been adequately refrigerated, or contain any other type of bacteria, may be to blame. Since there are no pinpointed causes at this time, and the number of possible bacterial contaminants can be quite high, it is wise not to take any chances with these yogurts.
The yogurts involved in this recall have “best before” dates of September 11 to 13, and October 07 to 13. The list of the specific varieties being recalled is lengthy and may be found at: http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm367298.htm?source=govdelivery&utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery To call Chobani concerning this recall, phone them between the hours of 6 a.m. and 2 p.m. PT, or 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET, at 877-8476181. You may also check their customer service website at chobani.com/care.