Chobani Recalls Yogurt amid Reports of Cup “Swelling”

Food recall lawyers at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm report that popular yogurt brand Chobani is recalling some of its Greek yogurt products due to reports of the product “swelling” and “bloating” on store shelves. The company says it has also found mold in some products.

Retailers and customers in New York State were the first to spot the problems with Chobani’s Greek products, as local grocery stores such as Wegmans received several complaints about swelling and bloating. Store management teams stated that the issues stem from food quality concerns rather than food safety concerns.

Chobani released a statement on its website acknowledging the complaints and confirming that it has found mold in some of its products. It subsequently launched an investigation into the issue, the results of which were recently released via its website. There have been confirmed cases of illness in association with Chobani Greek products, which are suspected to be the result of mold ingestion.

The company found that less than 5% of its products were affected by the quality concerns, all of which were produced at the Chobani plant in Idaho. Though the company did not detail on its site which specific products were affected, the FDA recall notice includes all flavors, including the Chobani Bites, Flips, and Champions (a full list of recalled products can be found here). The Pistachio flavor seems to be subject to focused concern.

The recalled yogurts have expiration dates between 9/11/2013 and 10/7/2013 with the code 16-012 printed on the cup, bottle or tube. Customers with these products are urged to contact the company’s Customer Loyalty Team at chobani.com/care to coordinate replacements.

Other recent food recalls and alerts include one of undeclared peanuts in Amport Foods’ Milk Chocolate Raisins. The Minneapolis, Minnesota-based company mislabeled several lots of its Milk Chocolate Peanuts as Raisins, posing a serious health risk to those allergic or sensitive to peanuts. The Amport products were distributed to Albertson’s, Hy-Vee, Farm Fresh, Subervalu, and Kroger Co. stores with an expiration date of 12/19/2013.

A similar recall was recently announced by Premier Foods, which sells many of its products through Williams-Sonoma. The two companies are working together to recall several different products which contain undeclared allergens, such as milk, soy and wheat. The recalled products include Meyer Lemon Braising Base, Artichoke Pecorino Sauce, Tagine Sauce, and 40-Clove Garlic Chicken Braising Base. All products were sold in clear, glass jars and in sizes ranging from 12 fl. oz. to 1 lb. Consumers who purchased any of these products can return them directly to Williams-Sonoma for a full refund.

A slightly more serious recall involves Garden-fresh Foods’ Spartan Fresh Selections American Potato Salad (16 oz. packages) because they may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. Listeria organisms can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections, particularly in the very young, senior citizens, and those with compromised immune systems, such as AIDS or cancer patients. Listeria infections can also cause stillbirths and miscarriages in pregnant women.

The Garden-fresh potato salad was distributed in Ohio and Michigan, and is packaged in plastic retail containers with an expiration date of 9/6/2013. Consumers who bought the recalled product should not open the container and immediately return it to the location from which it was purchased for a full refund.

Contaminated food lawyers at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm encourage anyone who was seriously sickened or who required hospitalization from a tainted food or drug product to contact a qualified attorney as soon as possible. You may be entitled to significant compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.

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