A company that makes bottled tea and energy drinks is recalling thousands of cases of its beverages because of
the presence of a substance found in cold and cough medications.
South Beach Beverage Company is voluntarily recalling as many as 57,000 cases of SoBe Green Tea and 1,500 cases of SoBe Energy. The company says dextromethorphan is accidentally in the drinks. The substance is commonly found in over-the-counter cold and cough remedies.
If consumed in large quantities, it can cause lightheadedness, nausea or other reversible symptoms. If combined with certain medications, it may cause health risks.
The potentially affected packages have been distributed primarily to convenience stores and other retail outlets in parts of eleven states, including California and Nevada. The packages that may be affected are 20-ounce glass bottles of SoBe Green Tea with the production code SEP2203 XXXXFG09162A3, and 20-ounce glass bottles of SoBe Energy with the production code SEP2203 XXXXFG09172B3. Consumers can call 1-800-588-0548 to replace these products.