Coke Classic, Diet Coke, Cherry Coke Limited Product Withdrawal

Date: March 4, 2011
What: Coke Classic, Diet Coke, Cherry Coke
Why: Reports of off an taste.
Scope: St. Louis, Missouri area

Coca-Cola is withdrawing selected products from store shelves in the St. Louis, Missouri, area, due to reports from consumers of a metallic taste.

Dierbergs and Schnucks both reported receiving information from Coca-Cola partners of a market withdrawal. The affected products are:

  • Coke Classic, 24 pack cans
    UPC: 49000-01278
    Lots: Optimum Taste Code OCT3111SLD
  • Coke Classic, 20 pack cans
    UPC: 49000-01463
    Lots: Optimum Taste Code OCT3111SLA
  • Coke Classic, 6 pack 12 oz. cans
    UPC: 49000-00634
    Lots: Optimum Taste Code OCT3111SLF & OCT3111SLA
  • Coke Classic, 12 pack cans
    UPC: 49000-02890
    Lots: Optimum Taste Code OCT3111SLF & OCT3111SLA
  • Coke Classic, 8 pack 12 oz. bottles
    UPC: 49000-00548
    Lots: Optimum Taste Code APR1111SLF
  • Diet Coke, 12 pack cans
    UPC: 49000-02891
    Lots: Optimum Taste Code MAY0211SLF
  • Diet Coke, 2 liter bottles
    UPC: 49000-05010
    Lots: Optimum Taste Code MAY0211SLF
  • Cherry Coke, 12 pack cans
    UPC: 49000-03103
    Lots: Optimum Taste Code OCT3111SLD

This is a product withdrawal due to quality issues. A representative of Coca-Cola informed US Food Safety Corporation that the off taste is due to minerals in the water at the plant and no health concerns are linked with any of the withdrawn products.

Customers are not being asked to return the affected products, however, they can request refunds from the stores where they purchased the products. Consumers with any questions should call the Coke Consumer Hotline at 800-438-2653.

Consumers with questions about food safety can Ask Heidi, a certified food safety professional.

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