FDA announces Chobani 'voluntary recall' of spoiled yogurt

September 5, 2013 

Chobani's effort to remove spoiled yogurt from grocery shelves and customer's fridges is now officially a recall.

Sort of.

Chobani has thus far called the effort a "voluntary withdrawal" of their product and corrected others' use of the word "recall." But the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced Thursday Chobani is undertaking a "voluntary recall."

Chobani provided product code — 16-012 — and the range of expiration dates — Sept. 11 to Oct. 7 — that the company has asked stores to pull and customers to return to the stores where they purchased the yogurt.

The announcement included a few nuggets of new information. The spoiled yogurt all came from Chobani's Twin Falls plant but was distributed nationwide.  A list of Chobani flavors and package sizes that have been voluntarily recalled is available  here.

A Chobani spokesperson said the spoilage was caused by mold common in dairy products. However, the spokesperson did not say what kind of mold caused the spoilage or whether ingesting the mold could cause health problems. In an earlier announcement, the company stated the spoiled yogurt posed no health risks.

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