Back in early August of 2011, I posted about finding mold in containers of Chobani yogurt, and how some were swelling and fermenting. I got a comment on one of those posts from a Chobani rep offering an explanation ("no control after it leaves our facilities") and offering me coupons for more of the stuff. A quick internet search back then showed that the problem wasn't confined to that batch, or that store, or that truck - it was pretty common, and all over.
My take is that I've never seen mold or smelled and tasted alcohol in any other plain yogurt - and I often don't refrigerate my yogurt. Properly made and handled, it doesn't need it. That's why it has been popular in hot countries for thousands of years.
(Note - technically, yogurt is the result of a fermenting process, but the agent is a bacteria, and the process is slowed when the yogurt is chilled, or stops when the bacteria has eaten all the sugar in the milk - sort of like bread yeast works. There shouldn't be any mold, and there shouldn't be any alcohol produced.)
Well, Chobani is in the news now. The stuff is still (or again?) sprouting mold and producing gasses and alcohol. Chobani has been pulling containers off store shelves. They haven't issued an official recall, haven notified the public, haven't notified the FDA, they're just contacting stores and asking them to pull it. Not all of it, just a certain batch.
They say it's a "mold common in dairy facilities" and not dangerous.
I call BS. If it's so common, how come I've never seen or heard of the problem with any other yogurt? Never had a Dannon or store-brand container swell or grow mold even when taken on weekend and longer trips with no refrigeration? Yogurt isn't supposed to have mold in it!
They've known they've had a problem for at least two years.
"A mold common in dairy facilities" doesn't worry me as much as what its presence might indicate about their facility and process.
In other news, my back is out. I've felt it coming on for the past two weeks, and now I'm wearing the brace and hobbling around with a walking stick, bent over like a crone. I can't accomplish anything.