PepsiCo Has Recalled 2,800 Cases of a Popular Soda in 6 States

Updated: Apr. 26, 2024

This update comes on the heels of a recent packaging slip-up that could be harmful to some consumers.

This week Pepsi received the AdAge award for the Best Rebrand, but fans of two brands that fall under the PepsiCo umbrella may benefit from learning that a few well-known sodas have been landing in inaccurate packaging.

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has posted an “enforcement report” noting that 2,801 12-ounce cans of Mug Root Beer, packaged as 12 cans per carton (and two 12-packs per case), may have been mislabeled. Cans labeled as Mug Root Beer may contain the formula for Mug Zero Sugar, and the product is said to have been distributed to retailers in Arizona, Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Mexico and Oklahoma.

Product code details are as JUL2224XXXXAS02234 with a Best by Date of July 22, 2024. It’s said the under-the-radar recall was initiated on March 22, 2024 and is ongoing.

While the FDA calls this a Class III recall, which means they suggest “use of, or exposure to, a violative product is not likely to cause adverse health consequences,” earlier this month it was reported that packages of another PepsiCo brand, Schweppes Ginger Ale, had also been mislabeled. In that case, an internal investigation found that product labeled as Schweppes Zero Sugar contained the full-sugar formulation of Schweppes. It appears that recall remains ongoing.

It’s important to note such a packaging error may be more likely to pose a risk to some consumers, including diabetics or those who are otherwise managing blood sugar, as well as weight, heart, and other health issues.

Editor’s note: Friday, April 26 at 3:21 p.m. EST, an official representative for MUG Root Beer said PepsiCo confirmed: “There is currently no impacted product on shelves for sale.” The representative added that the same statement also applies for Schweppes.

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