December 16, 2002
South Beach Beverage Has Recalled SoBe
Green Tea and SoBe Energy
NORWALK, CT (SafetyAlerts)
The Food and Drug
Administration (FDA) said that South Beach Beverage Company Has Recalled as
many as 5,678 cases of SoBe Green Tea and 1,458 cases of SoBe Energy in
20-ounce glass bottles due to the accidental presence of dextromethorphan, a
substance commonly found in over-the-counter cold and cough medications.
This manufacturing error imparts a slight to intense bitter taste and may
alter the color of the affected beverages. If consumed in large quantities,
this may cause lightheadedness, nausea or other reversible symptoms. If
consumed in combination with certain medications, especially
anti-depressants, e.g., monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs), the affected
beverages may cause health risks.
The potentially affected packages have been distributed primarily to
convenience stores and other retail outlets in parts of 11 states:
California, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Minnesota, Nevada, Oklahoma,
Tennessee, Texas and Wisconsin.
The only packages that may be affected are 20-ounce glass bottles of SoBe
Green Tea with the production code SEP2203 XXXXFG09162A3 and 20-ounce glass
bottles of SoBe Energy with the production code SEP2203 XXXXFG09172B3.
Consumers who find bottles with either of the above-listed production codes
can call SoBe Consumer Relations at 1-800-588-0548 to replace these
A few consumers have reported nausea, vomiting, numbness and
light-headedness for a short period of time after consumption, but no other
serious complaints have been reported. Consumers who want more information
can call SoBe Consumer Relations at 1-800-588-0548.