December 21, 2001Stewart's Beverages Has Recalled Sodas
White Plains, NY (SafetyAlerts)
- The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said that Stewart's Beverages, Inc.
beverages because they have the potential to be contaminated with ammonia.
At elevated concentrations, ammonia causes a burning sensation in the throat
and gastritis. Ingestion of large doses of ammonia could also lead to
nausea, vomiting, thirst, headache and acidosis.
The products affected bear the plant code CT571 on the bottles. This code
usually appears on the shoulder of the bottle on the 12oz. and 32 oz. glass
bottles and near the seam of the 16oz. barrel bottle. Dark bottles should be
tipped and held towards the light for easier viewing. Continue to turn the
bottle until black ink jet code is visible.
This recall affects all Stewart's flavors in the following package sizes:
12oz. glass bottle
Flavors: Birch Beer, Black Cherry, Cherries 'n Cream, Cream, Diet Orange 'n
Cream, Diet Root Beer, Ginger Beer, Grape, Key Lime, Orange 'n Cream, Peach,
Root Beer and Strawberries 'n Cream
16oz. glass barrel bottle
Flavors: Cherries 'n Cream, Cream, Diet Root Beer, Grape, Key Lime, Orange
'n Cream and Root Beer
32oz./quart glass bottle
Flavors: Cherries 'n Cream, Cream, Diet Root Beer, Key Lime, and Orange 'n
Cream and Root Beer
These Stewart's beverages have been widely distributed in the following
New York, Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New
Hampshire, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia and
These Stewart's beverages have very limited distribution in the following
Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Ohio, Michigan, Minnesota,
Missouri, Texas, and Wisconsin.
This voluntary recall is the result of Stewart's testing of product produced
by a third party bottler, Hillside Bottling in Hillside, NJ. Stewart's has
ceased production and distribution of these products at this location and is
continuing its investigation as to what caused the problem. To date, there
have been no reported illnesses.
Stewart's is instructing all retailers that sell these products to remove
them from their shelves. Customers who have purchased these beverages with
the above-mentioned code should return them to the store where purchased for
a full refund.
Consumers with questions may contact the Company at 1-866 789-2787.
At Stewart's, our top priorities are to protect the health and safety of our
consumers and to preserve the integrity of our products.