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Chobani issues recall of moldy Greek yogurt

Posted: September 5, 2013 |   Comments

( Last week, Chobani, a Greek yogurt company, began contacting some retail stores and asking them to remove its products after realizing they were contaminated with mold. The company has recently issued a recall, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is investigating the matter.

Chobani became aware of the problem from consumer complaints over social media citing off-tasting yogurt, bloated containers, gastrointestinal distress and unusual yogurt consistency.

On Tuesday, Chobani told Food Navigator, an industry publication, that they have "investigated the cause of the (swelling/bloating) and have identified a type of mold commonly found in the dairy environment."

The FDA says that the company has handled the issue unusually and is in discussions with them to assess the problem's nature, public risk level, containment and whether Chobani is doing enough to communicate any risk to the public.

Chobani says that the issue has affected less than 5 percent of its production and previously stated that it would not issue a recall because it does not believe there is a safety risk. Since then, Chobani has issued a recall and advises customers to throw away containers with expiration dates from Sept. 9 to Oct. 7 and a code of 16-012.

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