The mold found in the Chobani yogurt “should not pose a health risk to most consumers” according to Cornell University Professor Randy Worobo.
Lynne Terry of the Portland Oregonian reports that more than 200 people have complained so far to federal authorities that they were sickened after eating Chobani yogurt.
According to Lynne, FDA spokeswoman Shelly Burgess said that the Food and Drug administration had received 223 complaints from the public.
The agency has not confirmed whether the yogurt was the source of illness.
“We’re looking into it,” Burgess said. “This is an open investigation.”
Most people have reported nausea, headache, stomach cramps or diarrhea.
Last week Lynne reported that Chobani released details about its contaminated yogurt, saying the type of mold that caused containers to swell, fizz and explode was not harmful to health.
The company identified the fungus that spoiled the yogurt as Mucor circinelloides, a well-know species found in the environment. It ends up on fruits and vegetables and has been known to cause yogurt to spoil.