Chobani has issued a yogurt recall after receiving complaints about moldy containers and food poisoning illnesses in some customers. Customers have reported that the moldy yogurt containers may appear bloated, swollen, “unnervingly fizzy” or carbonated, foul-smelling, sour, or tasted like “wine.”
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Chobani Greek Yogurt Recall Information
The Chobani yogurt recall involves 91 types of Greek yogurt that were manufactured at a facility in Twin Falls, Idaho. The products may be contaminated with Mucor circinelloides, a type of fungus that commonly grows in industrial fermenters.
The affected products were sold in major retailers throughout the United States, including Safeway, Costco, Target, Walgreens, and more. Recalled containers have a best-by date from September 11 – October 7. The yogurt recall involves products marked with the code: 16-012. All flavors, fat contents (0%, 1.5%, 2%), and sizes (2.25 oz., 3.5 oz., 5.3 oz., 6 oz., 16 oz., and 32 oz.) are being recalled.
Products included in Chobani yogurt recall:
- Chobani 6 oz. cups – all flavors
- Chobani 16 oz. tubs – all flavors
- Chobani 32 oz. tubs – all flavors
- Chobani 3.5 oz. cups – all flavors
- Chobani Bite™ 3.5 oz. cups – all flavors
- Chobani Flip™ 5.3 oz. containers – all flavors
- Chobani Champions® cups 3.5 oz. – all flavors
- Chobani Champions® tubes 2.25 oz., 8, 16 and 36 count – all flavors
Timeline of Chobani Greek Yogurt Recall
In an unusual move, Chobani did not publicly announce the yogurt recall for many days after the problem was identified. Instead, they independently contacted stores and proactively removed and replaced the product, all while insisting their actions were a “market withdrawal” and not a recall. They called the problem “an issue of quality, not food safety.”
August 31 — Chobani issued the first public statement on their Facebook Page:
“We’re currently in the process of voluntarily removing and replacing some products from store shelves that did not meet our rigid quality standards.”
September 5 — Chobani and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced an official yogurt recall. The CEO of Chobani issued a personal apology to customers and the following statement on their website:
“This type of mold is common in the dairy environment, particularly when using only natural ingredients that are absent of artificial preservatives … Over the past few days, with the help of our retail partners, we proactively withdrew product from store shelves.”
September 6 — Chobani identified the mold as Mucor circinelloides, an opportunistic pathogen that can cause life-threatening infections in people with weak immune systems. It grows in industrial stirred-tank fermenters, which may explain why it was found in Chobani yogurt.
What Should I Do?
If you got sick — Talk to our food poisoning lawyers. There are steps you need to take to preserve evidence of your injury. If you decide to file a lawsuit, we can help you seek compensation for your injury, medical expenses, time off work, and more.
If you did NOT get sick — Throw away the recalled yogurt and contact Chobani at http://chobani.com/who-we-are/contact/ to receive a refund and replacement.
Additional Information & Resources
- Mucor circinelloides Information — U.S. Department of Energy
- Food Safety Information — foodsafety.gov
- Information about moldy food poisoning — U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)
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