Coca-Cola announced a voluntary recall of some Minute-Maid brand drinks on Tuesday. The recalled drinks may contain foreign objects. According to the notice, these objects might be metal washers or bolts. The company is unaware of any injuries related to the foreign objects and issued the recall out of an abundance of caution.
USA Today reports that the recall includes 59-ounce cartons of Minute Maid Berry Punch, Minute Maid Strawberry Lemonade, and Minute Maid Fruit Punch. Coca-Cola sold the drinks in Connecticut, Maine, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Virginia. Coca-Cola confirmed that it completed the recall at the retailer level, meaning that customers won’t find any contaminated beverages on store shelves.
However, some Minute Maid drinkers may have purchased the items before the company completed the recall. If you’ve recently purchased any recalled beverages, check their packaging for identifying date codes. Affected products will sport the date codes Jan0322 NP, Jan0422 NP, or Jan0522 NP. If your Minute Maid product has one of these date codes, return it to the retailer you purchased it from for a refund.
If you don’t have the receipt for the recalled item, discard it instead. Coca-Cola urges customers to avoid drinking from the recalled cartons. The metal contaminants pose health risks and can cause injury to lips and teeth. Small metal filings can cause splinters in soft tissues like the tongue or esophagus.
“This product did not meet our high-quality standards due to the potential presence of foreign matter,” says Coca-Cola spokesperson Ann L. Moore. “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.”
Coke’s Minute Maid recall bears similarities to Kraft-Heinz’s November recall of Country Time Lemonade products. Kraft-Heinz issued that notice in late November. Select containers of Country Time Lemonade, Arizona Tea, and Tang were affected by the recall. The products have “best by” dates ranging from May 10, 2023, to November 1, 2023.
According to Kraft-Heinz, the company pulled the drinks from store shelves due to the presence of “very small pieces of metal or glass.” The FDA writes that Kraft-Heinz discovered the issue “during an internal review at the manufacturing facility.” The FDA went on, “Company is actively working with retail partners and distributors to remove potentially impacted product from circulation.”