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Chobani says Yogurt Problems Caused by Common Mold

The cause of a problem with Chobani Greek-style yogurt cups first reported over Labor Day weekend appears to be a type of mold “commonly found in the dairy environment,” according to a spokeswoman for the yogurt company.

The affected products bear the code “16-012” on their foil covers and have expiration dates between Sept. 11, 2013, and Oct. 7, 2013.

According to Chobani, the product in question comprises less than five percent of the company’s production and is limited to cups produced at their Idaho facility, which accounts for one-third of the company’s production capacity.

The company has been working diligently with retailers to remove and replace the “vast majority” of affected cups, the spokeswoman said.

For more than a week, Chobani customers have complained of bloated cups and foul-smelling or off-tasting yogurt, which Chobani blamed on “isolated quality concerns.”

The company has not issued a formal recall but is instead referring to their procedures as a market withdrawal over quality concerns.

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  • Paddy

    Bloated cups and sour taste sounds like yeast contamination to me. That can come from many sources in the yogurt mfg process, not just the environment. As a former QA employee of the parent company to Stonyfield, let me just say that they are just as susceptible to this type of contamination as the other mfg firms. A clean filling environment is important but is not everything.

  • Chobani issued a recall today. Food Safety News will continue coverage of this issue as information becomes available. http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm367298.htm

  • Gofer12

    I can’t find that answer anywhere. Apparently Chobani doesn’t want anyone to know what mold(s) were cultured, even though the mold is “commonly found in the dairy environment.” If it is so common, why not identify it? I know my molds and am really interested in knowing what it was.

  • k dinkins

    I will stop buying Chobani. I eat one of their yogurts per day and so does my husband. Not anymore!

  • Jackie Ferrara

    Fizzing and bursting Chobani’s on the shelf this week, still.

  • fu

    Omg! There is an issue with chobani???? Thats horrible!!! Never mind the overprocessed sugared up crap dannon sells as ‘healthy greek yogurt’ isnt doing a thing for you that you think it is. Dannon didnt buy out oikos because they wanted to have a better product…they bought them out because they were the only organic greek yogurt and they cheapened the product and the name. Id rather buy from chobani/stoneyfield than dannon any day even tho….omg…they made a mistake. People can be so ignorant.