Chobani Recall Comes Just Weeks After Hemp Seed Removal

    September 4, 2013
    Amanda Crum
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Chobani Greek Yogurt is being pulled from shelves this week after customers complained about “bloating” in the cups and odd tastes. The company says they believe as little as 5% of the product was affected by a type of mold that occurs in dairy products.

The company is stressing that the action is completely voluntary on their part and is not technically a recall, but rather a move to appease customers who complained about strange tastes and textures. The affected product has the code 16-012 on the package and expiration dates of Sept. 11 to Oct. 7.

Many consumers have taken to social media sites to share stories about the yogurt, with several people complaining of stomach upset and some saying that certain flavors were “lumpy“.

The news comes just a matter of days after the company issued a statement saying they would be removing hemp seeds from their Blueberry Power Flip yogurt after complaints from the U.S. Air Force stating they couldn’t allow the product in their mess hall. A portion of their policy was released, stating, “Studies have shown that products made with hemp seed and hemp seed oil may contain varying levels of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), an active ingredient of marijuana which is detectable under the Air Force Drug Testing Program. In order to ensure military readiness, the ingestion of products containing or products derived from hemp seed or hemp seed oil is prohibited. Failure to comply with the mandatory provisions of this paragraph by military personnel is a violation of Article 92, UCMJ.”

Chobani is currently working with retailers to pull the product off shelves, but they say customers who already have affected yogurt should email care@chobani.com to get replacements.

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  • bebe

    This is nothing new with CHOBANI. I stopped purchasing their yogurt over a year ago when I had the same complaints. I had steady communication with them on the subject. Their way of handling it was to send me coupons to get MORE at no cost to me. Gullible is not my way to go!
    I shredded the coupons and changed to another brand of Greek Yogurt and have been happily eating yogurt since. CHOBANI pulled nothing from the stores then. They seem not to think complaints are important until they get out of hand. Even then they make excuses for their shortcomings instead of facing it head on. It’s an insult to the intelligence of the consumers.

    • jeanne

      I agree with other consumers, we stopped eating Chobani due to the constant spoilage problems. Every other container I would purchase would be bad, so we went back to store brand and have not had any issues..

  • maria emerson

    I like the taste of the expanded cups, they taste like they have carbonation and extra flavoring. Send them to me, lol!

  • R henry

    Chobani has demonstrated how NOT to respond to product quality/safety issues. They will soon learn that trying to save money and perceived credibility will COST them money and real credibility.

  • jway

    The air force really thinks you can get high off hemp seeds? What a joke! Who are these clowns?

    • Cynthia Lundie

      It is not that the Air Force thinks anyone is going to get “high” — it is because it would mess up any drug testing required of military personnel.

  • cathie miller

    chobani must be monitoring any tweet that has their name in it. I made a comment yesterday and they wrote me back that Mucor circinelloides is harmless. NOT. I have lupus. I was violently ill for a week and did not have a clue until I heard of the recall. I read yesterday that Mucor Circinelloides IS HARMFUL to people with impaired immune systems. I do not want any coupons to re-buy something that caused me to be ill in the first place.