“Death Wish Coffee Company” trades on the controversial moniker. They don’t shy away from the caffeine content in their products. It is what sets them apart. But a recent outbreak of botulism has the company scrambling to recall cans of Death Wish Nitro Cold Brew. Botulism is deadly and not something the company wants associated with Death Wish Coffee.
The move comes after Federal regulators discovered the potential for the contaminant in 11 ounce cans of Death Wish Nitro Cold Brew.
The FDA is forcing the recall, but Death Wish Coffee Company is participating willingly. They found a problem with their manufacturing process for the coffee that could allow botulin, a deadly toxin, to grow in the cans.
The FDA says the recall is proactive. No one has been killed, much less sickened yet. “If you have some of the Nitro at home, go ahead and get rid of it,” Death Wish writes on their site. “There has been no degradation of quality at this point, but we want to err on the side of caution. No illnesses have been reported in connection with this issue. This recall is merely a precautionary step.”
Precautionary is right. Botulism is not something you want to risk, though. The nerve toxin causes breathing problems, and leads to paralysis and death.
Death Wish Coffee claims to have “The World’s Strongest Coffee.” After the recall, they have stopped production of the cold-brew coffee, at least temporarily. Once they have a fix for the problem, they’ll resume the process and the packaging.
Death Wish founder and owner Mike Brown is asking customers to dispose of existing cans of the Nitro Cold Brew and are offering refunds. “Our customers’ safety is of paramount importance and Death Wish Coffee is taking this significant, proactive step to ensure that the highest quality, safest, and of course, strongest Coffee products we produce are of industry-exceeding standards,” he said in a statement.
And if you happen to be near their headquarters in Round Lake, New York, they’re having a recall party.