Doesn't Pass the Smell Test: Chobani Pulls Damaged Yogurt from Shelves After Customers Complain

Massively popular Greek-style yogurt producer faces wave of customer complaints; pulls some products but claims no official recall.

Notice something strange about that Chobani yogurt cup you grabbed at the grocery store? Over the past few days, some customers around the U.S. have complained about funny-smelling, oozing containers of the hugely popular Greek-style yogurt, and have claimed they've gotten sick from the product. In response, Chobani is pulling certain product lines from the shelves. The affected containers have the code 16-012 and the expiration dates 9/11/2013 to 10/7/2013.

Chobani reps say that the issue affects less than 5 percent of the product line, and that the damaged yogurt cups don't pose a health risk. The company is posting this announcement on its Facebook page:

"There is nothing more important to us than the quality of our products. We're currently in the process of voluntarily removing and replacing some products from store shelves that did not meet our rigid quality standards."

Chobani is asking customers who bought the damaged yogurt cups to write to care@chobani.com for replacements.

Meanwhile, customers have been commenting on the company's Facebook page that some yogurt cups they bought lately tasted "funny" or "fizzy" or "off." One commenter wrote, in response to Chobani's official message about the issue: "Way to be as cryptic as possible."

This is not an official recall -- yet -- but if you see any suspicious yogurt cups in your fridge or brown-bag lunch, better dump them out.

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