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Sodas Removed From Shelves After Consumer Complaints

June 30, 1993

NEEDHAM, Mass. (AP) _ About 25,000 cases of 14 brands of soda were pulled from store shelves in Massachusetts and Rhode Island after three people complained of finding thread-like pieces of plastic in 16-ounce bottles.

The problem was traced to a machine that puts caps on bottles at a plant in Needham Heights, said Katherine Whiting, spokeswoman for Coca-Cola Enterprises Northeast in Columbia, Md., which serves Massachusetts and Rhode Island markets.

She said state and federal health officials said there was no health risk.

The drinks affected were Diet Coke; Caffeine-Free Diet Coke; Fresca; Tab Clear; Diet Sprite; Canada Dry Ginger Ale and Cranberry; Welch’s Grape and Strawberry, Sunkist Orange and Fruit Punch; Diet Dr Pepper; and A&W Root Beer and Cream Soda.

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