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Update: Stonyfield Recalls YoBaby Yogurt Cups for Potential Coliform Contamination

Stonyfield Farms of Londonderry, NH, has expanded its recall to include 1,532 six-packs of 4-oz. YoBaby Peach/Pear cups with the code date June 05 2014 (UPC 052159701161).

The original recall from April 25 was for 188 products shipped to Target stores in Alabama, Virginia, Tennessee, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina, and Walmart stores in Pennsylvania, Maryland, New Jersey and Delaware.

The additional products were shipped to shipped to 271 more stores, mostly Safeway and Fred Meyer stores, in Oregon, Washington, Montana, Idaho, Alaska, and Northern California.

A full list of potentially affected stores can be found at Stonyfield.com/recall.

Like the 188 six-packs recalled in the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast on April 25th, there is a possibility that some of these yogurts may be contaminated with the coliform Klebsiella pneumoniae.

These bacteria are often found in healthy people and often don’t cause illness if they contaminate food and are eaten – but sometimes they do, although it’s not completely clear how or why. Whether or not they cause illness may depend on the people who eat them – their health, their own genetic make‐up, and/or how much of the bacteria they eat. The illness these bacteria are thought to sometimes cause if they contaminate food is gastroenteritis – watery diarrhea and other symptoms that may include nausea, vomiting, cramps, pain, fever, and chills.

The majority of the recalled product was pulled from store shelves, but there is a possibility that a small number were purchased. Consumers who purchased the potentially affected YoBaby yogurt cups are asked to return opened and unopened containers to their retailers to be reimbursed for the full value of the purchase.

“Our first priority has always been and always will be the welfare of our consumers,” said Esteve Torrens, Stonyfield CEO. “While we continue to investigate this issue and believe that the risk of injury is extremely remote, we feel that this voluntary measure is the prudent and responsible step at this time.”

Stonyfield has not received any notification of illness from consumers directly related to this product.

If you ate any of the affected product(s) and experienced illness as a result, please contact your healthcare provider and/or notify your local health department so tests can be conducted on either food or human samples and results can be reported to the appropriate public health agencies.

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  • J T

    Um… isn’t the yogurt MADE BY COLIFORMS? The lactic acid fermenting bacteria are coliforms, are they not? I don’t get what the problem is. I would be worried if it DIDN’T have coliforms!

    • Marta

      The bacteria in the yoghurt are Staphyloccoci not Coliforms

      • Stan T

        Not sure about Staph but yogurt is mostly Streptococcus thermophillus and Lactobacillus delbrueckii…

    • Joe Blow

      Coliforms are an indicator organism which tells you if the product was contaminated (likely by humans) during the process. Any dairy/milk item should have no coliforms if processed and packed in a sanitary manner.