Starbucks says it is working with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission on a voluntary recall of some of its coffee mugs manufactured in China.
Starbucks says consumers should stop using the Starbucks Fusion Coffee Mugs immediately because the plastic handle can detach from the body of the mug when filled with hot liquids, posing a minor burn hazard to consumers.
Starbucks says the recall involves about 167,000 units and it received 23 reports of handles detaching from the mug, including nine that resulted in minor burns.
This recall involves two styles of Starbucks 14-ounce Fusion Coffee Mugs. The mugs are white and have a black plastic handle, and a stainless steel base. The cups have "Starbucks Coffee" printed on a black stamp or a brown original Starbucks logo stamp. Mugs with the "Starbucks Coffee" stamp were sold at Starbucks stores in the United States from February 2007 through November 2007 for about US$11. Mugs with the original logo stamp were sold only at Starbucks Pike Place store in Seattle, Washington during the same period and for the same price.
Consumers have been encouraged to contact Starbucks for instructions on returning the cups for a full refund. Starbucks is also offering a free beverage as an incentive to return the recalled mugs.