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Check your fridge! Metal found in Coke, Sprite and Minute Maid cans

If you have stocked up on soda drinks this holiday season, you better check the labels. Several products have been recalled, which can be dangerous to consume. Tap or click here to read about a recent baby cereal recalled from Walmart.

Issued through two separate recalls, the drinks have been found to contain higher than normal metal levels. Well, to be exact, some of the drinks could contain metal bolts or washers from bottling plants.

Read on for what to do if you hear a rattling in your soda can.

Here’s the backstory

The Coca-Cola Company is pulling several Minute Maid products from store shelves in the first recall notice. The affected products were distributed across Pennsylvania, Connecticut, New York, North Carolina, Maryland, Virginia, Maine, and New Jersey, according to the FDA.

The recalled products that have been found to contain washers or metal bolts are:

  • Minute Maid Berry Punch, 59 Fl. oz. (Batch 0010323455 and 0010259344)
  • Minute Maid Strawberry Lemonade, 59 Fl. oz. (Batch: 0010259346)
  • Minute Maid Fruit Punch, 59 fl. oz. (Batch: 0010323454)

Around 7,000 cases of the Minute Maid drink are affected, and their expiration date is listed as January 2022.

In the second Coca-Cola Company recall, products are being recalled due to “foreign matter” being present. A notice sent by the Department of Defense All Food and Drug Activity explained that the affected products were distributed in the Southeastern states. It did not go into further details as to what the “foreign matter” is.

The recalled products include:

  • Coca-Cola 12-oz. can bundle in a 12-pack Fridge Pack (Date code AUG 1522 WM B and AUG 1522 WM C)
  • Sprite 12-oz. can bundle in a 12-pack Fridge Pack (Date code AUG 1522 WM B)

What you can do about it

Check the labels carefully if you have some specific products in your house. As with any recall, you must immediately stop consuming the product. Take the recalled products back to the store where you bought them, and you’ll be issued a refund.

Both recalls are classified as a Class II, which according to the FDA, can cause minor medical problems. It is “a situation 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.”

There shouldn’t be a danger that you could inadvertently buy the recalled products. Coca-Cola spokesperson Ann L. Moore told USA Today that the company has almost completed the recall from all stores.

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