May 28, 2003Starbucks Coffee Has Recall of Children's
Starbucks Coffee Co. has recalled
approximately 38,000 plastic Bearista™ Bear tumbler cups. When the flexible
straw on the cups is chewed, small pieces of plastic can detach, posing a
choking hazard to young children.
Starbucks has received two reports of pieces of the straws becoming detached
in the children's mouths. No injuries have been reported; however, in one
instance, a child reportedly began to choke on a detached piece of the straw
and the Heimlich Maneuver was administered by the parent to remove the small
The tumbler cup is constructed of translucent plastic in the shape of a bear
with the words "Bearista™ Bear" printed on the front. The cup was sold in
both blue and green. The cup has a screw-on lid in the shape of a bear's
head, from which a soft, flexible straw protrudes. The product's lid can
rotate such that the straw attachment can be bent (closed) to prevent liquid
from leaking out.
Starbucks stores in the United States, Canada and Taiwan sold the recalled
cups from April 2003 through May 2003 for approximately $7 (U.S.).
Parents and caregivers should stop young children from using these cups
immediately, and return the cups to any Starbucks location for a refund and
a free beverage of any size. For more information, consumers should contact
Starbucks Customer Relations at (800) 235-2883 between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. ET
any day. Consumers may also write to Starbucks Coffee Company at Customer
Relations, Starbucks Coffee Company, mailstop S-RC1, P.O. Box 3717, Seattle,