NEW YORK — Chobani is recalling some Greek yogurt cups that were affected by mold, prompted by reports of illnesses. The recall comes about a week after the company started asking retailers to pull the products from shelves, saying some cups were swelling and bloating. Chobani had previously said it wasn’t issuing a formal recall.
The Food and Drug Administration said it was in talks with the company.
The New Berlin, N.Y., company said the affected products came from its Idaho facility and represent less than 5 percent of production. The containers are marked with the code 16-012 and expiration dates Sept. 11 to Oct. 7.
Chief executive Hamid Ulukaya said it was the company’s decision to move to a recall, not the FDA’s. He said the problem was caused by a mold that is common in dairy environments. The issue has been ‘‘totally fixed,’’ he said, adding that Chobani doesn’t use preservatives. Ulukaya did not say how many reports of illnesses the company got but said it was not in the hundreds or thousands.