Woman says she got sick from mold-tainted Chobani yogurt

by: Jim Strickland Updated:

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HALL COUNTY, Ga. —

Chobani yogurt is recalling six types of packages in multiple flavors because they're potentially tainted with mold.

The company put out the statement: "We won't sugar coat it. This mold is not pleasant."

Channel 2 consumer investigator Jim Strickland checked out the refrigerator of a Hall County Chobani customer.

Several containers of yogurt were coded 16-012, and dated between Sept. 11 and Oct. 7.

Erica Stanford had already eaten two of the recalled batch.

"I was really sick to my stomach for about three days," she said.

Strickland opened two recall containers.

"How would you describe that? Thin?" Strickland asked.

"Very thin. To me it smells rotted," she said.

Stanford shopped at a Kroger on Thompson Bridge Road in Gainesville.

Strickland found lots of non-recalled Chobani in stock. Kroger told him they were told to pull the suspect product last Friday. Chobani warned their customers days later.

"Did you know they had told the stores days ago, before telling customers?" Strickland asked Stanford.

"No," Stanford said.

"You disappointed?" asked Strickland.

"Kind of disappointed because it's a brand that I liked," she said.

The company says the recalled yogurt came from a plant in Idaho, and represents only 5 percent of production.

The yogurt's founder, Hamdi Ulukaya, also went on Facebook to post an apology to customers.

Chobani posted a link where people could find out how to get refunds, but the link was not working several times when Strickland tried it. Heavy traffic is the likely cause.