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Popular Starbucks drink recalled: Metal fragments could be inside

Companies are responsible for the products they release to the public. Defects can lead to recalls, which could be voluntary or mandated by governing bodies such as the Food and Drug Administration, Consumer Product Safety Commission or National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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It seems there’s a Starbucks on every corner, doesn’t it? With millions of people getting their caffeine fix at the coffee chain daily, a recall affecting a Starbucks product can be especially harmful. While this recall affects ready-to-drink products sold at grocery stores and the like, it does address a dangerous issue.

Here’s the backstory

Did you know that Starbucks has a partnership with Pepsi? The soft drink manufacturer produces ready-to-drink coffee beverages for the Seattle-based juggernaut.

Now PepsiCo is recalling 221 cases of Starbucks Vanilla Espresso Triple Shot beverages, according to an enforcement report from the FDA. Each case contains 12 bottles, so this recall affects 2,652 individual containers.

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Why this Starbucks drink is being recalled

The reason for the recall is listed as “Possible contamination by foreign material (metal fragments).” This can cause severe internal or dental injury. The recall was initiated on Aug. 15 and posted by the FDA on Sept. 8.

The contaminated drinks were distributed to retail stores in Arkansas, Arizona, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Oklahoma and Texas. If you purchased a bottle of Starbucks Vanilla Espresso Triple Shot, don’t drink it. Return it to where you bought it.

Incidentally, there’s not much information to help identify what the products look like. Though the report lists the recalled products as “bottles,” a quick Google search shows images of cans. To be safe, avoid any Vanilla Espresso Triple Shot can or bottle for the time being.

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