Starbucks Recalls Metal Straws Due to Mouth Laceration Risk
The internationally famous Starbucks Corporation has issued a recall that affects consumers in both the United States and Canada. The recall, which was first announced on the 2nd of August, concerns sets of drinking grade, stainless steel, reusable straws that were sold at Starbucks locations and online.
The straws were sold in packs of three as well as in sets with corresponding stainless steel drinking mugs. The straws came in two different lengths which corresponded to the Grande and Venti size mugs available: 9.5 inches and 10.4 inches, respectively.
According to the statement made by the company, the metal straws, which feature a textured bottom to ensure that they don’t become disengaged from the lid of a Starbucks beverage, pose a risk to those using the straws due to their ability to lacerate and slice the inside of people’s mouths. As of right now, three separate complaints have been registered in the United States and one from Canada regarding the straws. In all three instances, small children were the ones injured.
Starbucks estimates that around two-and-a-half million packages of these straws have been sold in the United States alone, with an additional 301,000 going to Canada. Each set of three straws cost around $6 U.S., and for those who purchased the straws with the drinking cup the price would have been between $11 and $30. All the straws are reported as having been manufactured in China at the request of the Starbucks Corporation, which is headquartered in Seattle, Washington.
Right now, Starbucks is asking that people who have purchased these straws either return them for a refund or keep a close watch on them and prevent them from falling into the hands or mouths of children. If any person has questions regarding this recall or what to do regarding these dangerous straws, Starbucks encourages them to visit their local Starbucks for more information regarding the product, the recall, and the reimbursement strategy if this is the direction the consumer wishes to go.
It is believed that Starbucks plans on reissuing these straws, but this time there will be an adequate warning on the label.
James O. Cunningham
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