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The parent company of leading fruit drink brand Robinsons has made a targeted recall of certain batches of Fruit Shoot sold at Costco, McDonald’s and Tesco over fears children could choke on the lid.
In a statement the Food Standards Agency (FSA) revealed that certain varieties of Robinson’s Fruit Shoot Apple and Blackcurrant present a safety risk because of the ‘potential detachment of the spout within the bottle cap’.
As a result Britvic is recalling the above flavour – sold between June 22nd and June 28th – if it meets the criteria below:
Pack size: 24 x 200ml multipack (Tesco and Costco) and 200ml single bottle (McDonald’s)
Batch code: NO5 L9164, NO5 L9171 and NO6 L9171
Best before: March 2020
The multipacks are out of stock at both Tesco and McDonalds and the FSA revealed that point-of-sale notices will be displayed in all retail stores that sell this product.
Britvic confirmed that no other Fruit Shoot products are affected.
Shoppers who have purchased any of the above are being advised not to drink the product, dispose of it safely and apply for a full refund via the Fruit Shoot Consumer Care line on 0114 223 44 88 or via: https://fruitshoot.com/gb/contact-us/.
In July 2012, Britvic announced a precautionary recall of all Robinsons Fruit Shoot and Fruit Shoot Hydro packs featuring its new design cap after identifying ‘an issue with a small number of damaged caps which may become fully or partially detached’.
A week later it revealed that it had been unable to speedily resolve the issues relating to the new design cap and would ‘re-supply with an alternative in-market proven sports cap’ in the short term.
In a move unrelated to the above, Tesco already writes the following on its website under the ‘warnings’ section of the product description for several Fruit Shoot products:
‘WARNING: CHOKING RISK. Caps contain small parts. Unsuitable for children under 36 months. Open by hand. Don’t refill bottles.’
First launched in 2000, Fruit Shoot has become a firm packed lunch favourite with parents and on its website Britvic reveals that Fruit Shoot is the number one kids’ soft drink brand in the UK.