Starbucks is recalling roughly 301,261 metal drinking straws sold at locations across Canada and roughly 2.4 million straws across the U.S. due to a risk the rigid straw could injure children by jabbing them in the mouth.
Health Canada is urging parents not to let children handle or use the straws and dispose of the product in the household garbage.
“The stainless steel straws may pose an injury hazard for young children using them while simultaneously engaged in activities, such as running or jumping,” the health agency said in a statement.
“Health Canada has not received any reports of consumer incidents or injuries related to the use of this product. Starbucks Coffee Canada, Inc. has received one report of injury to a child’s mouth.”
In the United States, the Seattle-based company said has received three reports of children suffering “mouth lacerations” while using the straws.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission says the rigid, reusable straws were sold in Starbucks locations and online between June 2012 and June 2016.
The straws were sold in packages of three or in combination with stainless steel drinking cups in two sizes, including:
- Grande: Approximately 24 centimetres in length and 0.76 centimetres in diameter for 473-millilitre sized cups
- Venti: Approximately 26.4 centimetres in length and 0.76 centimetres in diameter for 710-millilitre sized cups
The cost for a set of three straws was about US$6. They were manufactured in China and imported by Starbucks Corp.