The popular Greek yogurt company, Chobani Inc., is recalling some of its yogurt products after complaints of the cups “swelling or bloating."
The company ran an investigation and found that only five percent of its products were affected. “[Chobani] is limited to products produced at our Idaho facility, which accounts for only one third of our production capacity,” stated a press release.
Customers began posting their grievances and complaints on the Chobani Facebook page. According to many complaints, the yogurts left an unpleasant aftertaste, and some of the cups were fizzing or smelled rancid. "Our thorough investigation has identified a type of mold commonly found in the dairy environment," the company said.
Chobani quickly removed many of the comments and responded with a statement:
“There is nothing more important to us than the quality of our products. We're currently in the process of voluntarily removing and replacing some products from store shelves that did not meet our rigid quality standards.”
So far, there have not been any reported cases of people becoming ill after eating the Chobani yogurts — it's more of “quality, not food safety,” according to the company.
The McKinley Health Center recommends that yogurt should be thrown out as soon as the expiration date on the container is met or if the product seems odd in smell or taste. If signs of abdominal cramping, diarrhea, or vomiting occur, consumers are advised to seek the care of a health professional.
The potentially affected Chobani products have an expiration of 9/11/2013-10/7/2013 and the code 16-012. Customers are urged to contact Chobani directly at firstname.lastname@example.org if they have an affected product.