CLOSE to 2 000 cases of Diet Coke, Fanta Orange and Sprite have been recalled in Alabama, Florida and Mississippi following concerns over the potential presence of “foreign materials” in the drinks, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) confirmed Thursday.
The FDA announced Coca-Cola’s voluntary recall in a filing saying the operation began on November 6 and involved thousands of cans of soda.
Neither the agency nor Coca-Cola have disclosed the nature of the potential “foreign material” in the cans, but the soda company told News Agencies that the recall was complete by Thursday and no affected cans were left on the market.
The FDA has advised consumers not to drink the soda if they find themselves in possession of the impacted products.
Coca-Cola owns about 200 different brands worldwide, including Diet Coke, Fanta, Sprite, FuzeTea, Innocent, Powerade, Minute Maid, Topo Chico, Schweppes and several others.
The 12-packs impacted are lot numbers JAN2924MBD3 and UPC 49000028911 for Diet Coke cans, which have a best-by date of January 29, 2024.
The Fanta Orange products affected are marked with lot number UL2924MBD3 and UPC 49000030730 and have a best-by date of July 29, 2024.
The recalled Sprite products are lot numbers JUL2924MBD3 and UPC 49000028928, which have a best-by date of July 29, 2024.
According to the FDA, thousands of cans have been affected by the unspecified foreign material, including 417 cases of Diet Coke, 14 cases of Fanta Orange and 1,557 cases of Sprite.
The recall of the affected cans in the Deep South was made by United Packers, a company based in Alabama, according to the FDA filing.
It was classified by the FDA as a Class II recall, a description used in circumstances in which a “violative product may cause temporary or medically reversible adverse health consequences,” according to the agency.
It’s not the first time that Coca-Cola has issued a recall of its own products. In November 2021, the soda giant voluntarily recalled nearly 7,000 cases of Minute Maid products in eight states fearing the presence of foreign metal objects inside them. Coca-Cola is the parent company of the famous juice brand.
Last month, Coca-Cola was ordered by health authorities in Croatia to recall some of its products from the shelves of the European country after several cases of poisoning were reported in three different cities.
The Croatian General Inspectorate decided to also temporarily ban Coca-Cola from distributing its products, before extensive testing proved that Coca-Cola products were safe to drink.
Most victims had relatively mild symptoms, while the first patient, a 19-year-old who was recovered in hospital after consuming a suspicious drink in a cafe, presented damage to the digestive tract, according to authorities.
Croatian authorities later declared that while the first patient had consumed a drink that contained “a detergent and/or degreaser,” the other reported poisonings were likely false alarms.
Meanwhile, Zimbabwe has reduced the price of the soda as they are facing close competition from Pepsi.
The reduction of in prices will see many people enjoying the Christmas drink.