Mold is Mucor circinelloides

Joe Cadotte of the Magic Valley Times News shows how important it is to have good local coverage of a national issue.  Joe reports that at least 89 people [may] have gotten sick from eating Chobani yogurt, which is under a voluntary recall, the FDA reported yesterday.

Some have described nausea and cramps after eating the yogurt, said spokeswoman Tamara Ward of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

No cases have been confirmed.

The affected yogurt cups have the code 16-012 and expiration dates Sept. 11 to Oct. 7.

Public health officials said the moldy yogurt was not a public health threat, but a statement by the company last week read: “The mold can act as an opportunistic pathogen for those with compromised immune systems.”

In an email late Monday afternoon, Chobani said: “We identified the source of the issue in the plant, and have taken corrective action designed to prevent this from happening again,” said Amy Juaristi in an email, company spokeswoman.”

The company has failed to release specifics about where and how the outbreak occurred in its Twin Falls plant or how the problem would be remedied to ensure it does not recur.