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Tainted yogurt for infants sold in North Carolina recalled

Consumers in North Carolina should be aware that a company that distributes yogurt for infants in the state has issued a nationwide recall. The company, Stonyfield Farms, says that the yogurt may be contaminated with bacteria that can cause gastrointestinal discomfort. For parents, this is the last thing they want their babies exposed to.

Stonyfield is the manufacturer of YoBaby yogurt, which is sold at Target stores in North Carolina and various other Southern states. In addition, YoBaby is sold in Walmart, Safeway and Fred Meyer stores in mid-Atlantic and Western states.

On April 25, Stonyfield announced that it was recalling 188 YoBaby products it had distributed to Target. The company admitted that bacteria called Klebsiella pneumoniae may have contaminated the six-packs of yogurt.

Though some people can eat this contaminate without any health effects, sometimes it can cause gastroenteritis, which leads to diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, cramps and pain. Whether it affects the person who consumes it depends on the consumer’s health and genetic background. Of course, this is not a gamble most North Carolina parents are willing to take with their children.

Sometimes, a defective product recall requires a second round, when it comes to light that the defect affects more of the product than originally thought. In this case, Stonyfield announced recently that it was expanding the YoBaby recall to include an additional 1,532 six-packs.

So far, Stonyfield says, it has not heard of anyone getting sick from eating contaminated YoBaby. But it is possible that some of the six-packs were purchased before they could be recalled.

Source: Food Safety News, “Update: Stonyfield Recalls YoBaby Yogurt Cups for Potential Coliform Contamination,” May 12, 2014

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