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In brief: FDA, state agency at odds over yogurt inspection report

TWIN FALLS, Idaho – A U.S. Food and Drug Administration report says the Idaho State Department of Agriculture detected abnormalities in yogurt at a Chobani facility two months before the company issued a recall, but state officials say that’s not true.

Chobani told grocery stores in late August to destroy 35 varieties of yogurt reported to have been contaminated by a mold associated with dairy products. More than 300 people reported getting sick after eating Greek yogurt produced in Twin Falls.

The FDA report obtained by the Times-News under a Freedom of Information Act request says a state lab technician spotted visible defects and a yeast-like growth developing in samples pulled from the factory line in July. The company then launched an equipment cleaning regimen and later did more testing that identified mold growth, according to the FDA report.

State officials deny the FDA’s claim. Agriculture Department spokeswoman Pamela Juker said Thursday that state regulators never detected the yeast-like substance during the routine inspection in July and don’t know where the FDA got its information.

New feature from Spotify to be announced Wednesday

LOS ANGELES – Spotify, the Swedish music streaming service, is set to announce a new feature that will allow users to pick specific tracks and listen to them on mobile devices for free.

That’s according to a person familiar with the matter who was not authorized to speak about the feature. It will be announced at an event in New York on Wednesday. The person spoke on condition of anonymity.

The Wall Street Journal reported earlier on the free feature, saying it will mostly serve up music based on the user’s input.

The new feature would enable users to pick tracks and put them in a playlist. If the playlist is long enough, Spotify will shuffle the songs and play them back a limited number of times, interspersed with ads. If there are not enough songs in the selection, Spotify will fill in the gaps with other songs, the person said.

A Spotify spokesman declined to comment Thursday.

Currently, Spotify offers free mobile listening of randomized songs along genres in the U.S. but doesn’t allow users to pick specific tracks without paying.