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Last updated: July 5, 2012
First published: July 5, 2012
Article written by Brett M. Christensen
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A number of messages are currently circulating via social media posts and email that claim that bottles of children's drink Fruit Shoot are being recalled because of a possible safety problem. The messages warn that caps on newly designed bottles of the product may present a potential chocking hazard to children.
The warnings are true. UK based company Britvic, the makers of the drink, issued a recall in July 2012 for all bottles of Robinsons Fruit Shoot and Fruit Shoot Hydro as a precaution. A July 3 article about the recall in The Telegraph notes:
All bottles of popular children's drink Robinsons Fruit Shoot which feature a new cap design are being recalled because of a ''packaging safety issue'', its maker said.
All bottles of the drink and spin-off Fruit Shoot Hydro, a flavoured mineral water aimed at children aged seven to 11, featuring the new design are being recalled in what Britvic called a ''precautionary measure''.
A statement on the Britvic website explains:
We have identified that a small number of caps on Fruit Shoot (new design) have been damaged during the manufacturing process.
This is fundamentally a quality issue but as the damaged caps may become fully or partially detached, we recognise that there could potentially be a very small safety risk.
In a separate statement about the recall on its website, Britvic also notes:
Britvic Soft Drinks is recalling ALL Robinsons Fruit Shoot and Fruit Shoot Hydro packs, featuring the new design cap, due to a packaging safety issue.
Consumers with any affected product should return it to the retailer for a refund.
Other Robinson products are not affected and are not being recalled. The recall does not affect Fruit Shoot sold in the United States, Australia or Ireland.
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