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Not mad just the truth

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Jun 20, 2007
 

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I just do not understand how Yoplait can continue to operate as they have.
When I go into the store, I make SURE that I buy ANY OTHER YOGURT but Yoplait. Having worked there, I cannot BEGIN to tell you what went on in that factory. Were I to DO so, it would turn you off yogurt forever.
I DO wish however, that the MMPA and the USDA would make "pop" inspections, instead of planned ones. Then perhaps, things would REALLY come to light about what goes on behind closed doors.
Trust me, you would be surprised!
rc resident

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Jun 22, 2007
 
I would like to ask; were you fired from this plant or did you leave on your own? You sound as if your bitter over being fired?
Not mad just the truth

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Jun 22, 2007
 

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Not fired, left because of medical reasons.

I have no "grudges" per se of Yoplait - I just worked there, I saw what went on behind the scenes, and I saw and HEARD of the coverups.
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#4
Jun 29, 2007
 
i new someone who worked there for years and let me tell you ...the stories he come home with...id NEVER eat yoplait yougurt...so i believe what not mad had to say .... if you choose to enjoy there products ....be cautious
Wile E Coyote

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Jun 29, 2007
 
If You saw most things You eat made You wouldn't eat them. If You saw a lot of rest. kitchens same thing. What makes You think Dannon is any different.
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Jul 7, 2007
 

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Wile E.- ignorance is bliss, lol - I do not WORK at Dannon, never did. But, did Dannon ever have someone get 1/3 of a finger chopped off in the fruit pump, only to have the teamleaders come and sift through the strawberries, then just hose everything down with iodine, put the parts back together and start running? Have you ever SEEN machines that have black mold HANGING from them? Have you ever had inferior product that YOU did not want to run, and then ran it anyway, KNOWING it was bad, but Quality Control told you to run it anyways?(Thank heavens the operator had QC initial THAT paperwork). I have seen teamleaders pick cups OUT of the garbage and put them back on the table, I have seen a maintenance teamleader SPIT into a nearby garbage can (HELLO, can you say UNIVERSAL PRECAUTIONS ANYONE????). What about taking the milk receiving pipes off and having maggots come out at you? The list goes on and on. And yet, they continue to pass inspection. WHY? Well because when it's TIME for an inspection, the powers that be have all the underlings running around like mad cleaning anything and evrrything in sight. I wish some day that the USDA and the MMPA would make a surprise inspection.

Yes, I will eat Dannon, I am sure there are horror stories there too - but, like I said, what I don't know, won't hurt me.

By the way, read somewhere that Fig Newtons are ALLOWED to have such and such a percentage of bug parts in their figs, and not ALL of that crunching when you bite into a Fig Newton is fig seeds. You got it, I don't eat Fig Newtons anymore either!
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P.S. baby food is allowed to have 2 rat hairs per jar - read that one years ago, may have changed since then though.
Sophie

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I worked at Yoplait for a summer, and can confirm the comments by "Not Mad" were true. I left voluntarily... they wanted me but I did not want to be part of what I saw. It's all about ethics.
Not mad just the truth wrote:
I just do not understand how Yoplait can continue to operate as they have.
When I go into the store, I make SURE that I buy ANY OTHER YOGURT but Yoplait. Having worked there, I cannot BEGIN to tell you what went on in that factory. Were I to DO so, it would turn you off yogurt forever.
I DO wish however, that the MMPA and the USDA would make "pop" inspections, instead of planned ones. Then perhaps, things would REALLY come to light about what goes on behind closed doors.
Trust me, you would be surprised!
RCuuuuhNO

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#9
Oct 19, 2009
 
I'm not sure that I would buy anything that was made in Reed City.... yogurt is just one example.
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Nov 1, 2009
 
Ok, I do not even know where to start with all of this. But lets go with the maggots in the milk receiving pipes..Hmm, did you forget to mention that those lines had not been in use in over six months? I mean come on. If you want to put some dirt on here, lets at least be factual! And about the finger, they were sifting through looking for her finger so it could be reattached, not so it could be packaged and sold. Do you have ANY idea how much product was thrown away both before and after that accident? And iodine is a VERY effective sanitizer, so I am not sure what else you expected them to use. As for everything else, did you do anything about any of it or just let them slide? There is something to be said about only being as strong as your weakest link. I am proud to buy a locally made product if for no other reason to support my community. I can only imagine what yogurt made in China would taste like or contain for that matter.
RC no more

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Nov 2, 2009
 

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This is industry-wide, people. You eat all kinds of things every day that you have no idea about. Eating bugs is actually good for you--a good source of protein. It's why we have immune systems!
Gift Horse

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Believe half of what you see and none of what you hear. Yoplait and Reed City Milk and Cheese have provided jobs for many many people over the years. Many families, in and around the Reed City area, owe them a great deal. They could have easily have moved out and taken their jobs with them. Maybe people should not look a gift horse in the mouth. I worked at Yoplait for several years. I did not see or hear horror stories. I think the average consumer would be amazed at what goes on at every food processing plant and public eatery in the country. Sounds to me like "not mad just the truth" has a serious grudge. I for one am very happy to buy locally processed products and thank God that this plant has not moved to another area or State, like so many others have recently done.
Mr Milk

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#13
Jan 2, 2010
 
not mad just the truth has embleshed the facts just a tad in my opinion. I have been their many many years, blue collar at that. The finger story as I remember it is that the pump in question was hand detailed with chlorine cleaner. And yes they looked for the finger in hopes that it could be reattached. Yeast and mold happen. Look along side your kitchen stove or at your refrigerator. When issues are found they are taken care of. Consumer complaints are consistantly low. Go behind the counter or look under the dishwasher at any restaurant, then report what you see. Yoplait produces a quality product, period.

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#15
Feb 12, 2010
 
Sounds more like disgruntled former employees than anything else. My only complaint with Yoplait is that I wish they were not right in the heart of downtown but more on the fringe. I don't care what they do to those buildings to make them look nice, they're still an eyesore but I'll put up with it for the jobs they provide. At least they are somewhat active in the community unlike the dairy in Evart that won't give the community the time of day.
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Apr 21, 2010
 
abranger wrote:
Sounds more like disgruntled former employees than anything else. My only complaint with Yoplait is that I wish they were not right in the heart of downtown but more on the fringe. I don't care what they do to those buildings to make them look nice, they're still an eyesore but I'll put up with it for the jobs they provide. At least they are somewhat active in the community unlike the dairy in Evart that won't give the community the time of day.
I could'nt agree more it provides a lot of jobs but it should have been out by the old airport before you know it Reed city will be consumed by Yoplait its nothing but a big eyesore where its at and its truck drivers think they own the roads don't take it personal but it would have been better off by the old airport
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May 6, 2010
 
You all have no idea how much money and time we spend to keep our plant clean. Yoplait would never risk product quality. The finger story is a bunch of BS. If that happened they would shut the whole plant down before running one cup. To the employee who started this blog. I am sure you were fired for some reason so to make yourself feel better you decided to bash one of the best places to work in the area. If our plant was that dirty and full of maggots why would the employees THAT STILL WORK THERE bring home yogurt to feed to their families? And for unplanned state inspections, we just had one two days ago and everything was fine. It is time to stop blaming Yoplait for loosing your job and blame yourself. You were probably one who thought that a union could save your job if you are a bad employee, not the case. Good luck on future employment
MICHAEL TODD RINGLER

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Jun 24, 2010
 

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I personally believe that GENERAL MILLS / COLUMBO Yoplait is the best thing that ever happened to Reed City (well, other than the 1980 Championship in basketball). They employ a lot of people; provide a great tax base; etc. And...where do you think that their employees' buy their lunch; gas; groceries; live... I'm guessing in Osceola County... so there are a lot of local businesses that benefit from General Mills Yoplait. I don't find their building, or additions, an eyesore--it's my opinion. As far as hiring in relatives and nepotism etc.--how many of us have gotten our jobs because of someone we know or because of someone that we are related to... Maybe your dad owns the plant; or your mom is in human resources; or your uncle gets you an internship; etc. A lot of people are in their jobs because of a friend or relative that works at the same place. MOVE ON TO ANOTHER TOPIC: I, for one, would hate it if General Mills Yoplait moved out of Reed City. As for the foreign objects etc. in the yogurt--I just don't believe it. I lived in RC for several years and I never had that stuff in my house--and it was a crappy house. I can't believe that a Top 5 company (in the World), like General Mills would be more lax than me. I love General Mills products; I love Yoplait; I would definitely hate it, if they ever left RC? Disclosure statement: Yes, I own General Mills stock--but I'm still saying what I believe.:)
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I had to smile at the 1980 basketball championship reference! Recognizing it was meant as a joke, it still doesn't say much for R.C. if after 30 years you are still clinging to that bit of Class C glory as the best thing to ever happen in the town ....isn't it time to "move on" as you say?
RC Coyote

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Jul 18, 2010
 
Why don't you just "move on" right out of this web site!
Moving on

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Awww...did it hurt your little Coyote feelings? I know it hurts to grow up and realize your school days are behind you...and to realize not all of us cared one way or the other about that little victory. I'll leave you to reminisce with those others still clinging.......:-D

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