NEW JERSEY – When it comes to beverages, it’s OK for metal to be part of a can, but metallic objects were discovered inside some containers necessitating a recall in the state.
Coca-Cola, Minute Maid and Sprite products are among those that are on the recall list. For those who stocked up on those for the holidays, or have just a few spare bottles of the soft drinks and other beverages on hand, check the labels to ensure they are not among those that were found to include metal bolts and washers.
The beverages affected were distributed in Pennsylvania, Connecticut, New York, North Carolina, Maryland, Virginia, Maine and New Jersey, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The products that were recalled include:
Berry Punch: Date codes Jan0422 NP and Jan0522 NP, Batch 0010323455 and 0010259344 (recall F-0276-2022)
Strawberry Lemonade: Date code: Jan0322 NP, Batch: 0010259346 (recall F-0277-2022)
Fruit Punch: Date Code: JAN0522 NP Batch: 0010323454 (recall F-0278-2022)
The Coca-Cola and Sprite products affected included in a November recall are:
Coca-Cola 12-ounce cans: Date Code: AUG 1522 WM B
Coca-Cola 12-ounce cans: Date Code: AUG 1522 WM C
Sprite 12-ounce cans: Date Code: AUG 1522 WM B
All of the products recalled by the company have 2022 expiration dates. Customers may seek a refund at the place of purchase or simply throw them away.
It was reported in USA Today that Coca-Cola spokesperson Ann L. Moore stated the FDA registered the recall as a Class II incident which means exposure to the contaminating product may cause temporary or medically reversible health problems.
A representative of the FDA noted the risk of an adverse reaction is remote in such recalls but that people who bought the products should be cautious.