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FDA Announces Recall of Pepsi-Made Starbucks Drinks That May Contain Metal Fragments

The recall is in effect in seven states

Beverage maker PepsiCo has voluntarily recalled 2,500 cans of a Starbucks drink that potentially contains metal fragments.

Although it was not made public until Sept. 8, the Food and Drug Administration said the recall began on Aug. 15. 

The agency lists “possible contamination by foreign material (metal fragments)” as the reason for the recall, which is listed as ongoing. The FDA has classified the incident as a Class II recall, in which “use of or exposure to a violative product may cause temporary or medically reversible adverse health consequences or where the probability of serious adverse health consequences is remote.”

In total, 221 cases of the 15-ounce bottles of Starbucks Tripleshot Energy Vanilla with an expiration date of March 20, 2023 were recalled. The cases each contain 12 bottles.

The recall is currently impacting retailers and grocery stores in Arkansas, Arizona, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Oklahoma and Texas. 

Starbucks locations, which do not sell the product, are not affected by the recall. 

PepsiCo told Fox Business that “there are no reported adverse reactions or illnesses related to this product.”

“Delivering a quality experience to our consumers is our top priority and we always act with an abundance of caution whenever a potential concern is raised,” the company said. 

Pepsi previously recalled 250,000 cases of its canned Starbucks drink in March of 2022. Buyers across the country were told to return or throw out the Starbucks Doubleshot Espresso, Espresso & Salted Caramel Cream, the Starbucks Doubleshot Espresso, Espresso & Cream, and the Starbucks Doubleshot Espresso, Espresso & Light Cream following concerns that the cans were improperly sealed which could cause the dairy ingredients to spoil.

The company “has partnered with Starbucks since the 1990s, to help market, sell, and distribute its ready-to-drink coffee and energy beverages. The partnership between PepsiCo and Starbucks has successfully delivered more than $2 billion in global retail sales,” reports Mashable.

In 2017, Pepsi had to recall 16.9 oz bottles of its namesake soda after consumers reported finding particles of metal – later determined to be iron and chromium. The material was believed to have contaminated the product due to the failure of a mechanical part during the manufacturing process. 

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