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Laceration Injuries to Children Prompt Starbucks to Recall Stainless Steel Beverage Straws to Provide New Warnings

  • Stainless Steel Straws
Name of Product:
Stainless Steel Straws
Hazard:

The stainless steel straws are rigid and can poke children in the mouth, posing a risk of injury.

Remedy:
New Instructions
Recall Date:
August 02, 2016
Units:
About 2.5 million in the U.S. (in addition, about 301,000 were sold in Canada)
Consumer Contact

Starbucks at 800-782-7282 from 3 a.m. to Midnight PT daily or online at https://news.starbucks.com com and click on "stainless steel straw warnings" for more information.

Recall Details

Description:

This recall involves reusable stainless steel Cold-to-Go food grade drinking straws in two sizes. The straws were packaged and sold in sets of three and were also sold as a component of two sizes of stainless steel beverage cups: Grande 16-ounce cups and Venti 24-ounce cups. The straws feature a ridge at the bottom that keeps the straw attached to the lid. The Grande straws measure approximately 9.5 inches and the Venti straws measure approximately 10.4 inches.

Remedy:

Consumers should not allow children to handle or use the stainless steel straws.

Incidents/Injuries:

The firm has received three reports of mouth lacerations to young children while drinking.

Sold Exclusively At:
Starbucks stores nationwide and online at Starbucks.com from June 2012 through June 2016 for about $6 for a set of three straws. The beverage cups with straws were sold for between $11 and $30.
Importer(s):

Starbucks Corp., of Seattle, Wash.

Distributor(s):
Starbucks Corp., de Seattle, Washington
Manufactured In:
China
Recall number:
16-236
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