Chobani, a leading manufacturer of Greek yogurt, has voluntarily withdrawn a batch of yogurt contaminated by a type of mold commonly found in dairies. "The product in question is less than 5% of our production and is limited to cups produced at our Idaho facility," Chobani wrote Tuesday. One-third of the company's products come from the Idaho plant.
- Code 16-012
- Expiration dates ranging from 9/11/2013 to 10/7/ 2013
- (Septenber 11, 2013 to October 7, 2013)
Customers have reported swelling and punctured foil tops, sour or foul-smelling yogurt, and alleged illness from the contaminated yogurt.
Chobani based its withdrawal on consumer complaints last week. The eight-year-old multimillion-dollar company started notifying stores over the weekend to withdraw the product. The company advises customers with yogurt within the affected code dates to contact its customer service team at firstname.lastname@example.org for replacements. Today, the website is responding slowly or not at all.
The product is made with "only natural ingredients" and sold under the slogan "Real is just a spoonful away." Unfortunately, like the components of this leading yogurt brand, mold is also natural and real. The last multistate yogurt scare was a year ago, when Taylor Farms New Jersey withdrew Salmonella-infected mango products from Wawa retail stores in four states.
Chobani is now communicating and cooperating with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration about the problem, company spokeswoman Amy Juaristi reportedly told the Idaho Statesman.
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