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Chobani Issues Recall of 'Swollen' Packages

September 5, 2013

Chobani, the nation's best-selling brand of the mega-popular Greek yogurt, has issued a voluntary recall of some packages that have a dairy mold that causes them to swell and have off-flavors.

While the company hasn't indicated which of its many flavors might be involved, the packages have expiration dates between Sept. 11 and Oct. 17 and the code 16-012.

Some news reports are raising questions, though, about the pace and style of the recall. Chobani first posted an item on its website Aug. 31 indicating that some containers, accounting for 5% of its production, had the problem. But it didn't involve the Food & Drug Administration and didn't issue a recall. It called the action a voluntary withdrawal, and said in the statement that the dairy mold "is unlikely to have ill health effects upon consumption."

On Thursday morning, though, after news reports began to spread, it switched to a voluntary recall and notified the FDA. If you have containers of the product that meet the expiration date and have the 16-012 code, you should discard them and contact the company through the site for a replacement.

While Chobani is based in upstate New York and the sales office is in Charlotte, the largest manufacturing facility, where the tainted packages were made, is in Idaho.

While the popular tangy and creamy yogurt style is called Greek yogurt, it actually is strained yogurt, a product made for hundreds of years in Mediterranean and Middle Eastern countries.

Source: (c)2013 The Charlotte Observer (Charlotte, N.C.) Distributed by MCT Information Services

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