Starbucks Recalls Stainless Steel Beverage Straws Due to Laceration Injuries in Children

The rigid straws can poke children in the mouth while in use

Starbucks Recalls Stainless Steel Beverage Straws Due to Laceration Injuries in Children
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August 3, 2016

Starbucks has issued a recall of its reusable stainless steel Cold-to-Go drinking straws due to a laceration risk to children. The company is recalling about two and a half million straws in the U.S. plus an additional 301,000 sold in Canada.

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

The recalled products are stainless steel, 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 nine and a half inches and the Venti straws measure approximately 10.4 inches.

The straws were sold exclusively at Starbucks stores nationwide and online from June 2012 through June 2016 for about six dollars for a set of three straws. The beverage cups with straws were sold for between $11 and $30.

The firm has received three reports of mouth lacerations to young children while drinking. Consumers should not allow children to handle or use the stainless steel straws.

For more information, consumers can contact the Starbucks Customer Service Department at (800) 782-7282.