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September 12, 2013

Chobani voluntarily recalls tainted yogurt

Are you a yogurt eater? You might want to double-check your labels this week. Reports have been coming in from consumers that a recent batch of Chobani yogurt has been causing nausea and stomach cramps. The batch has expiration dates falling between September 11th and October 7th and a code of 16-012. All flavors are included in the recall and all containers sizes 3.5 ounce, 6 ounce, 16 ounce, and 32 ounce. Chobani Bit, Chobani Champions, and Chobani Flip have also been indicated. Stores have been requested to destroy the offending product and as of Tuesday, 95 percent of the product was off of store shelves.

Mold identified as culprit

Chobani spokespeople have pinpointed the problem as a mold that affects yogurt and it has triggered quality and health concerns. On Tuesday, Chobani released a statement to KTVB, a Boise, Idaho news agency:

“I can tell you that we take any claims of illness very seriously and encourage anyone who has concerns to contact us. We will thoroughly investigate each claim. As you can appreciate, we have received higher than normal call and email volumes to our Customer Loyalty Team during this time. We are working to get back to each and every person as soon as we can.”

Compromised immune systems more affected by mold

So far, there have been 89 reports of sickness caused by Chobani, though the link has not officially been confirmed. Those who have compromised immune systems are more likely to be affected by the mold. One Boise resident, Pam Stetzel, claimed that after she consumed a cup of Chobani yogurt, “I just started really getting bad diarrhea, and then I started vomiting.” She has diabetes and an auto-immune disease.

Yogurt plant located in Twin Falls

The affected yogurt seems to have originated in a Twin Falls, ID plant. The Chobani website is urging people who think they’ve experienced food-caused illness to their quality department. The FDA has also released a statement, saying, “The FDA’s role regarding voluntary recalls is to oversee the strategy of a company’s recall as well as assess the adequacy of the recall. This is ongoing with Chobani at this time.” They also said of the identified mold spore, “The organism is regularly used for the production of natural flavor compounds that are widely used in the food industry.”



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