Stonyfield Announces Yogurt Recall
Reports of glass and plastic fragments in five batches of its fat-free blueberry yogurt, Stonyfield Farm yesterday announced its first-ever product recall.
The company said no injuries have been reported and the nationwide recall is voluntary.
Customers who have recently bought Stonyfield Organic Fat Free Blueberry yogurt, packaged in 6-ounce cups, should return opened or unopened containers to the store where they purchased them for a full refund, the company said.
The recall applies to only those cups labeled with product codes that start with one of five 2008 dates: April 13, April 14, April 15, April 25 and April 26.
"The recall comes in response to consumer complaints reporting plastic or glass fragments in these particular batches of fat-free blueberry yogurt," said Carmelle Druchniak, a company spokesman. "There have been no reports of injury."
Druchniak said that all of the company's distributors had been notified of the recall, but did not say how many complaints the company had received or where the contaminated products had been purchased. She said more details would be forthcoming once the company can piece together what happened. The first step, she said, was to alert the public.
"Although the company believes the problem is not widespread, we are taking this measure to ensure the safety of our consumers," Druchniak said.
Calls and e-mails to four supermarket chains with stores in New Hampshire -- Hannaford Bros. Co.; Shaw's Supermarkets, Inc.; Stop & Shop Supermarket Companies; and Whole Foods Market IP, L.P. -- went unreturned as of last night. A check of three New Hampshire markets -- Hannaford Bros. and Shaw's in Londonderry, Stop & Shop in Peterborough -- revealed none of the recalled yogurt on store shelves.
Stonyfield started as a small organic farm in Wilton before moving its manufacture facility to Londonderry, where it now generates about $325 million in annual revenue by producing organic yogurt, smoothies, frozen yogurt, ice cream, and milk.
This is the company's first recall, Druchniak said.
"Our first priority has always been and always will be the welfare of our consumers," Gary Hirshberg, Stonyfield Farm president, said in a written release. "While we continue to investigate these complaints and believe that the risk of injury is extremely remote, we feel that this voluntary measure is the prudent and responsible step at this time."
The company suggested that consumers with questions contact Stonyfield Farm Consumer Relations at 1-800-776-2697 or at crelations@Stonyfield.com.
By TRENT SPINER = March 30, 2008 - posted at www.unionleader.com