Starbucks faces a big recall

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One of Starbucks’ ways of promoting sustainability has posed a problem for the chain. The coffeemaker announced yesterday that it is recalling 2.5 million packs of reusable metal drinking straws after three children cut their mouths while drinking through the devices. 

The stainless steel straws are sold in packs of three. The alternative to disposable paper straws are intended for use with the chain's well-known stainless steel beverage cups, which are recommended to customers as refillable alternatives to single-use paper cups.

The straws are sold both in Starbucks stores and via its website.

The chain has recommended that the straws be kept away from children until they are returned.

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