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Starbucks recalls more than 230,000 French presses, citing cutting hazard

U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

By: Ann Smajstrla, Cox Media Group National Content Desk

Starbucks is recalling a Bodum French press it sold for nearly two years after receiving reports that the presses could break and cut users.

The Seattle-based coffee chain issued the voluntary recall Tuesday, according to a statement from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. About 230,000 French presses sold in the U.S., plus 33,200 sold in Canada, between November 2016 and January 2019 are affected.

The French press is used to brew coffee by adding ground beans and hot water in a cylindrical pot and then pushing a screen down over the grounds using a plunger.

Starbucks has received eight reports in the U.S. of the plunger’s knob breaking, and one report from Canada, according to the CPSC. Once the knob is broken, users could cut themselves.

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled French presses and contact Starbucks for instructions on how to return the product to receive a store credit, the CPSC said. The presses cannot be returned in stores.

The recall could cost as much as $5.3 million if all the presses are returned, The Wall Street Journal reported.

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