Starbucks recalls stainless steel beverage straws for injury risk

Posted at 6:57 PM, Aug 03, 2016

Starbucks has issued a recall on Tuesday for its stainless steel beverage straws, which could cause an injury due to its rigidness.

According to the company, the recall involves reusable stainless steel, Cold-to-Go 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, the Grande 16-ounce cups and Venti 24-ounce coups. 

Starbucks said the straws feature a ridge at the bottom that keeps the straw attached to the lid. The Grande straws measure around 9.5 inches and the Venti straws measure about 10.4 inches. 

The company reported it has received three claims in the United States and one in Candada of mouth lacerations to young children while drinking. About 2.5 million units were sold in the U.S., and another 301,000 were sold in Canada. The items were sold in Starbucks stores nationwide and online. 

Consumers are advised to avoid allowing children to handle or use the stainless steel straws.