Coffee Recall Update as FDA Sets Concern Level

A Texas-based company, Waco Bottling LLC, has voluntarily recalled a batch of its coffee concentrate due to the absence of an ingredient statement and nutrition label. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has classified the recall as Class III, which is given when the use or exposure to a violative product is not likely to cause adverse health consequences. Class II is when the use of or exposure to a violative product may cause temporary or medically reversible adverse health consequences or where the probability of serious adverse health consequences is remote. The most severe category, Class I, is issued in situations where there is a reasonable probability that the use of or exposure to a violative product will cause serious adverse health consequences or death.

In total, 321 cases of 3,852 bottles distributed throughout the U.S. via Amazon have been recalled. The FDA issues recalls for products with no ingredient information because this can pose risks to consumers who need to know what is in an item. This could be the case for people with allergies, dietary restrictions, and those counting calories.

The FDA is responsible for ensuring that foods sold in the United States are safe, wholesome, and properly labeled. Common reasons for a product getting distributed without an ingredient statement or label include human error, when labels are accidentally left off during the packaging process, and label shortages, when products are shipped without them due to a lack of preprinted labels.

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