Arthur J. Villasanta – Fourth Estate Contributor
Round Lake, NY, United States (4E) – Death Wish Coffee Co., producer of what it claims is the “World’s Strongest Coffee,” is recalling its 11 oz “Death Wish Nitro Cold Brew” cans out of concern for botulism.
The New York-based firm in conjunction with an outside process authority said the current process that produces the recalled coffee could lead to the growth and production of the deadly toxin, botulin, in low acid foods commercialized in reduced oxygen packaging.
Botulism is a potentially fatal form of food poisoning. It can cause the following symptoms: general weakness, dizziness, double-vision and trouble with speaking or swallowing.
Difficulty in breathing, weakness of other muscles, abdominal distention and constipation may also be common symptoms. People experiencing these problems should seek immediate medical attention.
Death Wish is halting production of Nitro Cold Brew until an additional step in the manufacturing process is implemented.
Death Wish Nitro cans have been removed from the company’s online store. It’s also been pulled from shelves at Price Chopper/Market 32; Healthy Living Market & Café and independent retailers.
No illnesses have been reported to date. Consumers that have purchased Death Wish Nitro should not consume it and can either dispose of it or return the product to the location with proof of purchase for a full refund.
“Our customers’ safety is of paramount importance and Death Wish Coffee is taking this significant, proactive step to ensure that the highest quality, safest, and of course, strongest Coffee products we produce are of industry-exceeding standards,” said Mike Brown, founder/owner of Death Wish Coffee.
“We have also gone a step further, to make sure that everyone who purchased the product on deathwishcoffee.com will receive a full refund within 60 days. We apologize for the inconvenience this may cause our customers and our retail partners, but we believe this is the right precautionary measure to take.”
Additional company information can be found online at DeathWishCoffee.com/Recall, on Facebook (fb.com/DeathWishCoffee), on Twitter (@DeathWishCoffee), and on Instagram (@DeathWishCoffee).
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