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Foreign Intrusion Sparks Massive Recall of Nearly 2K Coca-Cola Cases

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  • Nearly 2,000 cases of Coca-Cola products, including Diet Coke, Fanta Orange, and Sprite, have been recalled due to the risk of “potential foreign material”.
  • The recall was initiated by Alabama-based United Packers, LLC on November 6, as reported by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
  • The recalled products were distributed in Alabama, Florida, and Mississippi, and no impacted product remains in the market, according to a Coca-Cola spokesperson.

A recent enforcement report published by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) revealed that nearly 2,000 cases of Coca-Cola products have been recalled. The recall was prompted by the risk of “potential foreign material” in the products. The affected items include 12-pack cases of 12-ounce Diet Coke, Fanta Orange, and Sprite cans.

The recall was initiated by United Packers, LLC, a company based in Alabama. The report showed that the soft drinks were recalled on November 6. This information was first reported by NBC News earlier on Wednesday.

The FDA report detailed the distribution of the recalled cases. Of the nearly 2,000 recalled cases, 1,557 of them were Sprite. Diet Coke accounted for 417 of the affected cases, while 14 contained Fanta Orange.

The recalled cases were marked with “best by” dates of January 29, 2024, for the Diet Coke, and July 29, 2024, for the Fanta Orange and Sprite. The FDA enforcement report also indicated that the recalled Coca-Cola products were received by three states in the South: Alabama, Florida, and Mississippi.

A Coca-Cola spokesperson provided further details to FOX Business on Thursday. “Coca-Cola Bottling UNITED voluntarily recalled a limited quantity of Fanta Orange, Sprite and Diet Coke in a total of 48 stores in the following markets: Valparaiso, FL; Robertsdale and Mobile, AL; Gulfport and Ocean Springs, MS,” the spokesperson said.

They also assured that “no impacted product remains in the market, and all recall activities in those markets are complete.”

Coca-Cola’s portfolio includes other popular brands such as Dasani, Topo Chico, Powerade, and Minute Maid, among others. The company’s most recent annual report highlighted the global consumption of its beverages.

According to the report, Coca-Cola’s beverages “account for 2.2 billion of the estimated 64 billion servings of all beverages consumed worldwide every day.”

Clear Thoughts (op-ed)

The recent recall of nearly 2,000 cases of Coca-Cola products is a stark reminder of the importance of stringent quality control measures in our food and drink industry.

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It’s particularly concerning that this lapse occurred in a company as large and influential as Coca-Cola – a company that, according to its own report, accounts for 2.2 billion of the estimated 64 billion servings of beverages consumed globally every day.

It’s a relief that the recall was initiated swiftly, and that no impacted product remains in the market.

However, this incident should serve as a wake-up call to all major corporations.

Quality control is not a luxury, but a necessity.Consumers deserve the assurance that what they are buying is safe to consume.

Let us know what you think, please share your thoughts in the comments below.

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7 Comments

  1. Jeremy

    December 19, 2023 at 8:12 pm

    Historically low work force participation rates have forced many companies to lower hiring standards and/or run their businesses without being fully staffed. I would imagine that more than a few companies are having quality control problems in these circumstances.

  2. Buckshot McGhee

    December 19, 2023 at 8:51 pm

    Most of the time it’s a disgruntled employee, The way they fill the cans are turned upside down before being filled. But with low pay and people not wanting to work. Forces overtime and poor quality control. The employers need to care about workers and value them first before things will get better.

  3. ARJAY

    December 19, 2023 at 9:16 pm

    Most soft drinks are consumed a very short time after purchase. How many cases were actually CONSUMED versus being RECOVERED?! These products were manufactured almost TWO MONTHS AGO!!

  4. Robert

    December 19, 2023 at 10:22 pm

    Not once did the article ever mention what the foreign material was. That in itself is a story!

  5. David Mazzola

    December 20, 2023 at 9:16 am

    What’s foreign intrusion? Why not just say foreign material? Whose writing these headlines?

  6. Don

    March 14, 2024 at 11:01 am

    Yea you could have said that with a lot less words. What was the foreign substance found in them?

  7. A. B. Murphy

    March 25, 2024 at 11:48 am

    Haven’t had a Coca Cola product in years. That includes almost 20 years in the Atlanta, GA
    area. I was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes in 2013. Coke products were one of the first things
    that I dropped from my diet upon my doctor’s recommendation. I am 22 lbs. lighter now and am
    getting fasting blood sugar readings in the normal range 70% of the time.
    Bye! Bye Coca Cola!!!!

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