Minute Maid Recalls Products After Metal Bolts, Washers Found in Drinks

by Victoria Santiago

Minute Maid drinks have been recalled in many states because of metal bolts and washers being found in them. This recall is for refrigerated Minute Maid Berry Punch, Strawberry Lemonade, and Fruit Punch in 59-oz. cartons.

A spokesperson for Coca-Cola stated that the drinks didn’t meet Coca-Cola’s “high-quality standards due to the potential presence of foreign matter. 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.”

So, if you live in Pennsylvania, New York, Maine, Virginia, Maryland, Connecticut, New Hampshire, or North Carolina – check your fridge. If you need some bolts or washers you might just be in luck. Coca-Cola says that the recall is almost done, so chances are you won’t be accidentally drinking any Minute Maid hardware.

This was classified as a Class II recall by the Food and Drug Administration. This means that the product “may cause temporary or medically reversible adverse health consequences.” The FDA says that the chance of getting majorly hurt is low.

Other Recent Food Recalls

This month, 234,000 pounds of pork were recalled. Ham and pepperoni products were recalled by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The products recalled could have listeria, but no complaints had been called in by customers. The company saw listeria in their meat samples. Then, they notified the USDA. Alexander & Hornung stated, “There have been no illnesses or complaints associated with the products, and there is no conclusive evidence that the products were contaminated at the time of shipment.”

Listeria causes listeriosis. If left alone, listeriosis can be deadly. If caught in time, it can be treated with antibiotics. Symptoms of the infection are fever, stiff neck, muscle aches, loss of balance, and diarrhea. Babies, pregnant women, the elderly, and people with weak immune systems are more likely to get the infection.

17 products in total were recalled, with some of them being wood smoked ham, glazed spiral-sliced honey ham, applewood smoked uncured ham, and pepperoni. These items could be bought under the Alexander & Hornung name, or other private brand names: Wellshire, Butcher Boy, Garrett Valley Farms, Food Club, Niman Ranch, Open Nature, Big Y, or Five Star.

Plus, almost 7,000 pounds of ground beef was recalled in November. Prime rib in Arizona and California had bits of plastic mixed in with it. Customers of the brand, Gold Canyon Meat Co., said that there were hard, white plastic pieces in their beef patties. The USDA was worried people would keep the meat, and urged people to throw it out or return it instead.

If You Think You Have Recalled Food

As always, if any of your food has been recalled, be on the safe side. Return it to the point of purchase or throw it out. Better safe than sorry. Also, talk to your doctor if you ate something recalled and you feel sick. The USDA has a hotline for any questions. Call 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) for more info.