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Coca-Cola Issues Recall Over Dangerous Mislabeling Mistake

A major mixup could create serious medical issues for some fans of the iconic soft drink.

Whether you enjoy a Coca-Cola every now and then as a special treat or regularly keep it stocked in your fridge to quell your cravings, there's no denying that it's arguably one of the most iconic beverages in the world. Of course, the brand has seen its fair share of criticism over the years as more studies illustrate how bad the popular soda can be for our bodies. But now, Coca-Cola has issued a recall on some items due to serious health concerns of a more pressing nature. Read on to see if you're affected by the latest announcement.

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Coca-Cola just recalled some of its products from the market.

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The Food & Drug Administration (FDA) recently announced that College Park, Georgia-based Coca-Cola Bottling Group United had issued a recall for 177 cases of its Coca-Cola Ultimate products, Food Safety News reports. The affected items—which were distributed in Georgia—come in 24 loose bottles per case individually packaged in 20-ounce plastic bottles.

Recalled products can be identified by the UPC 049000552065 and lot number SEP2523CPA printed on the bottle. They also carry a best-by date of Sept. 25, 2023.

The company says a labeling mixup could create serious health issues for some.

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The company says that a packaging issue is to blame for the latest recall, per Food Safety News. Specifically, Coca-Cola Ultimate was shipped in bottles incorrectly labeled as Coca-Cola Ultimate Zero Sugar.

According to the notice, people with certain underlying health conditions—such as diabetes and heart disease—could be at risk of serious health problems if such customers consume too much sugar.

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Here's what you should do if you have the recalled product in your fridge.

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To date, no cases of adverse reactions or health issues have been reported as a result of drinking the mislabeled beverage, per Parade. But the company is advising anyone who may have purchased the affected Coca-Cola products not to consume them and throw them away immediately.

Best Life reached out to Coca-Cola for comment on the recall, but has yet to hear back.

This isn't the only recent food or beverage product recall.

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While it might be one of the most recognizable names in the food and beverage world, the latest Coca-Cola recall is far from the only recent example of food and beverage items getting pulled from shelves.

On June 16, the FDA announced that Frito-Lay had issued a voluntary recall on specific lots of its Tostitos Avocado Salsa Jar Dips. The company said it pulled the nationally-distributed product due to a packaging issue that meant "the allergen milk is not declared on the label," creating a potential health hazard for some customers.

Just days earlier, on June 13, the FDA announced that Oregon-based Willamette Valley Fruit Co. had also issued a recall. In this case, frozen products sold under the Walmart in-house Great Value brand name across 32 states and Rader Farms-brand items sold at Costco and HEB were affected. The decision to remove the products from the market came after discovering that strawberries grown in Mexico that were included in the fruit blends could be contaminated with hepatitis A.

And on June 2, the FDA alerted the public to Tillamook County Creamery Association's recall of its Tillamook Waffle Cone Swirl ice cream pints. Even though the move affected "no more than 1,440 cartons of the ice cream in question…distributed only in Safeway grocery stores and only in the state of Washington and parts of northern Idaho," the company said the products had to be pulled from shelves products because of "uncleared wheat and soy" allergens due to a packaging mixup.

Zachary Mack
Zach is a freelance writer specializing in beer, wine, food, spirits, and travel. He is based in Manhattan. Read more
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