Saturday, March 12, 2011

Consumer complaint leads to recall of O.N.E. Coconut Water

Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Gary W. Black alerts consumers to the recall of some coconut water following a consumer complaint received by the Georgia Department of Agriculture.

Georgia Department of Agriculture Compliance Specialists collected samples of the product, O.N.E. Coconut Water, for laboratory analysis after being alerted of potential mold in the product by the consumer. It was discovered that potential oxidation of the product may permit the growth of mold causing the coconut water to be discolored and have an off flavor.

Upon this discovery, the Department began working cooperatively with the company and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Out of an abundance of caution, the company issued a recall of the product.

Georgia Department of Agriculture Compliance Specialists will continue to monitor facilities for the presence of the recalled product.

Please see the company press release below for all additional information:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – ONE World Enterprises, LLC is recalling O.N.E. Coconut Water, packaged in 11.2 oz Tetra Pak cartons with Lot code 12E1004, UPC # 894991001104 and Sell-by date of May 1, 2011, due to the potential oxidation of the product that may permit the growth of mold. The affected product is isolated to a single lot number and the company is currently utilizing Corrective And Preventative Action (CAPA) procedures to identify why this problem exists, which was discovered after receiving a small number of consumer complaints.

The affected product was distributed to various retail outlets in Florida, Georgia, Indiana, New York, South Carolina, and Tennessee.

Product Description
Product: O.N.E. Coconut Water
Container: 11.2 oz Tetra Pak cartons
Lot: Lot code 12E1004, UPC # 894991001104
Sell-by date: May 1, 2011

Dates and codes can be found stamped on the top of the packaging.

No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this recall.

Currently the company is working with the Georgia State Department of Agriculture to determine the cause of the consumer complaints. The recall is being conducted in cooperation with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

To date all internal testing at the manufacturing plant indicates no contamination. Therefore, the company is investigating possible issues that may have occurred during transport thereby causing potential oxidation.

Consumers should return any of this product to the retail store where it was purchased for a full refund or credit. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 888-ONE-COCO (888-663-2626) between 9 am and 5 pm P.T. Monday through Friday for further information.

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