The Chobani recall of moldy yogurt products from store shelves is actually a voluntary withdrawal after the company received complaints about off-tasting and hissing yogurt, UPI reported on Sept. 4.
Chobani didn’t technically issue a recall of the Greek yogurt products, instead issuing a voluntary withdrawal of some products that “simply weren’t up to snuff” over the weekend.
On Tuesday, with news of the Chobani recall going viral, the company reported that it had discovered a common type of mold in its American brand of Greek yogurt. Now, 15 flavors of the Chobani yogurt have been removed from store shelves, the Los Angeles Times reported.
The Chobani yogurt problem came to light when customers began complaining that the Greek yogurt tasted strange and that the yogurt cups appeared to be swelling and actually hissing and that some had punctures in their foil covers. A Chobani recall was said to have been issued.
Chobani released a statement on Saturday explaining that it had voluntarily removed potentially affected yogurt cups, and that it wasn’t technically a Chobani recall — an important distinction for food manufacturers. On Tuesday, Chobani issued an updated statement about the moldy yogurt. It asked consumers to contact the company for replacements if they had purchased yogurt cups marked with the code 16-012 and expiration dates of 9/11/2013 to 10/7/2013.
Chobani identified the mold as a common dairy mold. Chobani officials say the yogurt cups with the mold came from its facility in Idaho. Less than 5 percent of the yogurt is said to have the mold.
Chobani websites have been slow or down because of increased Internet traffic related to the unofficial Chobani recall, but you can try to read more here: http://chobani.com/community/blog/2013/08/quality-promise/ and here: http://chobani.com/goreal/ or on the Chobani Facebook page.