​Chobani Yogurt Recall Over Mold Fears

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September 5, 2013

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Chobani Yogurt Recall – Chobani is taking a safety precaution as it pulls some of its Greek yogurt off the supermarket shelves, which has prompted a voluntary recall. The company said it’s a mold commonly found in dairy that may be to blame.

The company said in message on its Facebook page that it has investigated the problem and found that a type of mold frequently found in dairy may be to blame for “bloating” and “swelling” cups.

The company, which is based in New Berlin, N.Y., said that the affected yogurt was made at its Idaho facility and accounts for only 5 percent of its total production.

It did not say how many of its cups or what varieties were affected.

On Tuesday the company was responding to customers about their yogurt cups on Twitter. One person said her was “unnervingly fizzy,” another said the cups were like “yogurt soup” and another said it tasted like “wine.”

“We’ve been diligently working with our retail partners and have voluntarily and proactively removed and replaced the majority of potentially affected cups with the code 16-012, expiration dates9/11/2013 – 10/7/ 2013 to ensure our fans are met with only the best experience when enjoying our products,” Chobani said.

Customers with the affected code dates should contact Chobani customer service team at care@chobani.com to get replacement products, the company said.

Amy Juaristi, a spokeswoman for Chobani, said only 5 percent of the company’s yogurt had been contaminated with the mold and that all of the bad containers were produced at its plant in Twin Falls, Idaho.

She declined to provide details about where the suspect yogurt was sold. The company distributes nationally.

Juaristi’s explanation was the first from the company after a days-long mystery that has generated a stream of questions from customers. Some people said the yogurt had a metallic taste. Others complained about bloated containers.

Dahlyla Lang-Knight, a 36-year-old mother in Orchards, Wash., said two of her small children got sick after eating Chobani yogurt Thursday.

“I’m furious,” Lang-Knight said. “I want them to take responsibility for this.”

She and other customers said they’ve notified the Food and Drug Administration. The FDA can force a recall, but it rarely uses that authority. Instead, the agency usually pressures businesses to pull their product and write a news release.