Chobani yogurt recall. Chobani is amplifying its message to remove contaminated yogurt from store shelves nationwide after reports of illness surfaced Wednesday. A voluntary recall of 35 varieties of Chobani yogurt has been in effect since Tuesday, and 95 percent of affected products have been destroyed, said Amy Juaristi, director of public relations.
None of the reports of illness have been confirmed, Juaristi said.
Chobani founder Hamdi Ulukaya wrote an apology to fans of the Greek yogurt on the company’s Facebook page.
The company is working with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to get word out about yogurt cups contaminated by mold, Juaristi said.
“We recently identified mold in a limited amount of product that came from our Idaho facility,” Ulukaya wrote in a letter on the company’s website. “While this type of mold is common in the dairy environment, particularly when using only natural ingredients that are absent of artificial preservatives, it’s still unacceptable to me and all of our yogurt makers.”
Tainted products from Chobani’s Twin Falls plant were identified as far back as early August.
Late Thursday afternoon, Chobani posted an apology from company founder Hamdi Ulukaya on its website, which was unavailable part of the day and ran slowly when it could be accessed.
Information on the recall was included in a company blog. Customers had to click through several pages to find it, and the page where the information was posted was topped with a huge picture of a yogurt “cheesecake” treat. Readers need to scroll farther down the page to see the brief recall updates.
Chobani said the mold is “common in the dairy environment” but did not explain how it got into a batch of yogurt undetected, other than to say the company doesn’t use artificial preservatives.
The company also did not say what kind of health problems the mold might cause or even how many units of the yogurt were being recalled. Chobani said some customers did say the yogurt made them sick but did not say how many people were sickened, beyond saying it was not in the hundreds or thousands.
The company did not respond Thursday to requests for additional information.
The federal Food and Drug Administration is talking with the company about the recall and whether the company had communicated with the public appropriately, but a spokeswoman would not give details.
Customers are advised to go to chobani.com/care to seek a refund or replacement if they bought yogurt from the affected batch.