Starbucks beverage recalled due to possible metal contamination

If your fridge is stocked with Starbucks beverages to fuel your caffeine intake, it’s time to check your inventory to make sure a recently recalled product isn’t lurking.

Pepsico Inc., the company behind many prepackaged Starbucks beverages sold at retailers nationwide, has recalled its popular Starbucks Vanilla Espresso Triple Shot Energy coffee beverage. The reason? The drinks were possibly contaminated with “foreign matter”, i.e. metal fragments.

Described as “a caffeinated kick from Starbucks coffee with a hint of French vanilla flavor and a hint of cream”, the product can be served chilled or over ice.

The recall involves 221 cases of the product, each containing 12 15-ounce beverage bottles, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Starbucks Vanilla Espresso Triple Shot Energy Coffee BeverageStarbucks

The affected products were sold in stores in seven states, including Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Oklahoma and Texas.

The ongoing recall was first issued on August 15 and listed on the FDA’s website on September 8.

This is just the latest in a string of metal-related recalls over the past few months. Just last week, DF Stauffer Biscuit Co., Inc. voluntarily recalled 44-ounce containers of Market Pantry White Fudge Animal Cookies sold at Target stores, citing metal contamination concerns.

In May, Mars Wrigley voluntarily recalled several varieties of candy after discovering that small pieces of metal could have ended up in the products. Last year, Minute Maid recalled several varieties of juice over concerns they contained metal bolts or washers.

Although the recall of the Vanilla Espresso Triple Shot beverage is not directly related to Starbucks restaurants, the chain retired one of its dishes over the summer. The chicken, maple butter and egg sandwich was pulled from the shelves because it did not meet company quality standards. At the time, Starbucks denied several unverified reports on social media that claimed the sandwich was making them sick.

“The quality issue that has been identified by Starbucks would not result in foodborne illness and any reports linking the discontinuation to illness are inaccurate,” Starbucks said in a statement at the time.

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