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Recalled Yogurt May Have Turned Up in State College Area

by on September 10, 2013 4:14 PM

It's possible that some recalled yogurt may have turned up in the State College area.

Last week, the makers of Chobani Yogurt issued a voluntary recall after hearing from consumers who say they've gotten sick after eating the product.

The recall is for Chobani Yogurt containers carrying the code 16-012 and best by dates 9/11/2013 – 10/7/2013.

Chobani Yogurt says the yogurt in that batch may have been affected by a type of mold called Mucor circinelloides. That type of mold is said to be commonly found in the dairy environment. The company says the mold is unlikely to make anyone sick, but the recall was ordered as a precaution.

A State College resident says he recently returned Chobani Yogurt to the Wegman's store, after discovering he'd purchased yogurt targeted by the recall.

Larry Fall says, "They were very much bulging at the seams, so they were definitely tainted." The Chobani website says some of its product was, "experiencing swelling or bloating." Fall says he had already eaten two containers before learning about the recall, but he did not experience any illness. He was given a full refund by Wegmans.

Wegman's spokesperson Jeanne Colleluori did not have details on whether any Chobani Yogurt has turned up in the State College area. However, she says, "We have seen Chobani products returned though our entire chain." Wegman's operates stores in six states in the northeast.

Weis Markets says it pulled Chobani Yogurt off the shelves at all 165 stores as soon as the recall was announced. Dennis Curtin, the director of public relations for Weis Markets says, "There have been returns," but he could not say whether any of those returns were in State College. Curtin adds, "There are no reliable reports (concerning) any health issues related to the recall."

Weis used its Facebook to alert customers about the recall. The company also searched its database of customer purchases and used an automated phone system to alert 18,000 customers who had bought Chobani products.

In a news release the company says, "The quality of Chobani products and the trust of its consumers are the company’s primary concern, and it sincerely apologizes to its fans and consumers impacted by this issue."

If you have Chobani Yogurt that's being recalled, you should throw it away. Click Here to receive a replacement or refund.

Click HERE for more information about the recall.

Steve Bauer was the Managing Editor of Steve and his wife Trina are longtime area residents. They reside in State College along with a wacky Golden Retriever named Izzy.
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