Last week's voluntary Chobani recall caused QUITE the stir. Like so many other of my friends and coworkers, I tossed a few recently purchased cups with the code 16-012 and expiration dates between September 11 and October 7, 2013. I even opened one up and saw some of the "swelling" and "fizzing" that consumers were complaining about on the official Chobani Facebook page.
Chobani has identified the mold that caused these issues as Mucor circinelloides, which commonly affects fruits and vegetables. On a conference call arranged by the company, Cornell University professor Randy Worobo said that the mold should "not pose a health risk to most consumers." They've also declared that as of now, 95 percent of the affected products have been pulled.
Hmmm, most consumers, eh? Well, this is what I know: Just because the mold is "safe" and shouldn't "pose a health risk," that doesn't mean I'll stop listening to all the customer complaints of stomach pain and nausea.
I get it. The company wants people to know that if they ingest the tainted products, they will be just fine. They want Chobani fans to know that there's no "major threat" here. Honestly, it's comforting to know that the mold in question here isn't associated with food-borne illnesses like E. coli or salmonella. Kudos to Cho for getting that message out there, phew!
Still, I think we can all agree it makes a lot more sense to sacrifice the $10 of Greek yogurt than risk eating the "safe product." I for one would rather skip the potential complications other consumers are complaining about. For now, I'll most definitely be checking the Chobani product codes at the supermarket before I put them in my basket -- just in case.
Did you have "bad" Chobani products in your home?
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