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There's a Huge Coca-Cola Recall—Here's What to Know

Multiple products have been recalled due to metal contamination.

December 14, 2021
Photo by The Coca-Cola Company

We talk about recalls a lot. But generally the recalls we report on address salmonella, E. coli, and listeria contamination in raw produce and meat. Not today. The Coca-Cola Company has announced a recall of three different Minute-Maid products due to potential contamination of metal bolts or washers. Before you stock your wet bar for an upcoming holiday party, look out for these beverages: Minute Maid Berry Punch, Strawberry Lemonade, and Fruit Punch in 59-ounce cartons. Additionally, Sprite 12-ounce cans and Coca-Cola 12-ounce cans were voluntarily recalled; each has date code AUG 1522 WM B.

The recalled products, which have an expiration date in 2022, were distributed to eight states including Connecticut, Maine, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Virginia. The fact that the products are not yet expired means thousands of people may still have them on their shelves or tucked away in their refrigerators.

The Coca-Cola Company recently issued a formal statement about the recall: “We took this voluntary action because nothing is more important to us than providing safe, high-quality products to the people who drink our beverages.” The US Food and Drug Administration has classified this particular recall as Class II, which means that the “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.”

Customers are encouraged to get rid of any impacted product or bring it back to the place of purchase for a full refund. If you have any questions about the recall or safety of Coca-Cola products, contact The Coca-Cola Company’s Consumer Interaction Center at 1-800-GET-COKE (800-438-2653).

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