PepsiCo Recalls Popular ‘Zero Sugar’ Drink After Investigation Finds It’s Full of Sugar

By: Ben Campbell | Published: Apr 20, 2024

PepsiCo has voluntarily recalled thousands of soft drink cans following an internal investigation, which led to a shocking discovery.

The soft drinks manufacturer discovered over 200 cases of one of its most popular zero-sugar beverages, was found to contain sugar.

PepsiCo’s Wide Range of Products

PepsiCo is known for producing and distributing some of America’s most favorable soft drinks, including Pepsi, 7UP, and Mountain Dew.

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The company has evolved with the times and, for several years, has been offering zero-sugar alternatives to many of its most popular beverages.


Schweppes Zero Sugar Ginger Ale Caffeine Free

Unfortunately, Schweppes Ginger Ale, one of PepsiCo’s sugar-free alternatives, has placed the company in the public eye for the wrong reasons.

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Last month, PepsiCo recalled over 230 cases of the drink after an internal investigation revealed shocking results, according to ABC News.

PepsiCo Recall Hundreds of Ginger Ale Cases

During the internal investigation, workers discovered that many of the Ginger Ale cans initially labeled sugar-free were actually full of sugar.

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This led the soda manufacturer to issue an immediate recall of the cases containing the 7.5-ounce cans, which amounts to over 5,500 cans, per The Daily Mail.

The FDA Gets Involved With the Recall

Upon the discovery of the mistake, PepsiCo immediately issued the recall and notified the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA), who they are working in conjunction with.

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The recall was announced in early March. However, investigating how sugar ended up in the cans is still ongoing.

No Injuries Have Been Reported So Far

While sugar is fine in moderate amounts and no healthy person will suffer if they so happen to drink a full-sugar soda instead of a sugar-free alternative, there are dangers for some people.

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Those who are focused on controlling their sugar intake for varying health reasons may have fallen ill if they had consumed the recalled product. No deaths or serious illnesses have been reported thus far.


What to Do if You’ve Purchased a Case That’s Been Recalled?

To check if you are in possession of one of the cases, the following code will be on the product: MAY20240520VS02164-, or May 20 24.

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You can either discharge the pack at home or return it to the place where you purchased it and request a refund.


Not the Only Major Recall of the Year

Pepsi’s recent recall of their Ginger Ale cans isn’t the only major incident of its kind this year.

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Back in February, Coca-Cola announced they would be issuing a recall on their three variety packs of Powerade.


Potential Presence of Foreign Material

On February 27, Coca-Cola announced the Powerade packs were under voluntary recall.

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According to the FDA, this was due to “the potential presence of a foreign metal object in the product, i.e., a stainless-steel ring.”


Affected Products Shipped to Florida and South Carolina

While very little was announced about the recall besides a few details on the FDA’s website, the products up for recall were found at over 760 consignees.

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Due to the scare, consignees or shipment receivers all across Florida and South Carolina were forced to refrain from delivering the product.


Close to 1,000 Powerade Variety Packs Recalled

In total, nearly 1,000 cases of Coca-Cola’s popular Powerade and Powerade zero-sugar variety packs were recalled.

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According to the FDA, the recall is still ongoing.


No Real Risk of Danger

PepsiCo’s recall doesn’t pose a serious threat to most of the nation’s population unless they are avoiding sugar for medical reasons.

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The Coca-Cola recall, on the other hand appears to have been started after it was discovered a piece of metal may have got trapped within one or more of the bottles. Nonetheless, the recalls should deter you from enjoying your favorite beverage.