'Death Wish' cold brew coffee recalled over botulism concerns

Highly Caffeinated'Death Wish Coffee Recalled Over Botulism Hazard

Death Wish Coffee Nitro Cold Brew cans have been recalled. Credit FDA

Death Wish has immediately halted its production of Nitro Cold Brew until a safer method of production is approved.

That much accuracy in appellation led to Tuesday's recall of Nitro Cold Brew in its 11-ounce cans.

Death Wish Coffee Co., the producer of the "World's Strongest Coffee", is recalling its 11-oz Death Wish Nitro Cold Brew cans because of a potential botulin contamination in its canning process, according to the Food and Drug Administration.

Death Wish is known for making the "World's Strongest Coffee".

Tests have shown no reduction in quality or shelf stability, and no illnesses have been reported, the company said.

The Round Lake, NY-based coffee retailer and scientists from Cornell University figured out that the current production process could breed botulin, a deadly toxin, the company said.

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Botulism becomes a breeding ground in low acid foods commercialized in reduced oxygen packaging.

"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", a statement from the company said.

The company's coffee contains almost twice the recommended 400 milligram daily dose of caffeine, with more than 700 milligrams per 12 fluid ounces. Its cold brew product contains less caffeine, about 380 mg per can. The toxin attacks a person's nerves, causing breathing difficulties, and in more serious cases, death.

Botulism is a potentially fatal form of food poisoning and can cause symptoms like weakness, dizziness, double vision, hard breathing and more.

Death Wish Coffee co-founder Mike Brown urged his customers not to drink the cans and said in a statement that customers who bought the product online could get refunds within 60 days. People experiencing these symptoms should seek immediate medical attention, Death Wish Coffee said.

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