Recalled Starbucks mugs not marketed in Taiwan


TAIPEI, Taiwan — Starbucks coffee mugs marketed in Taiwan are entirely ceramic, and none use plastic handles like those recently recalled in the United States due to a burn hazard, executives of President Starbucks Coffee Corp. said here yesterday.

President Starbucks Coffee is a joint venture company between the Seattle-headquartered Starbucks Coffee Co., one of the world’s largest coffee companies, and Taiwan’s Uni-President Group, created in 1998 to handle operations on the island.

In response to a media inquiry regarding a news release from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), which announced Thursday a voluntary recall of Starbucks coffee mugs with plastic handles and a stainless base, Taiwan’s Starbucks managers underlined that the problematic China-made mugs have not been imported into Taiwan.

They added that many of Starbucks’ products are only marketed on U.S. soil, including the mug recently blamed for several minor burn incidents in the U.S.

According to the CPSC online news release, the white plastic handle of the recalled mugs, printed with “Starbucks” logo, can become detached when the mug is filled with hot liquids, posing a minor burn hazard to consumers.

Starbucks has received 23 reports of handles detaching from the mug, including nine that resulted in minor burns.

The CPSC advised consumers to immediately stop using the mugs and contact Starbucks for instructions on returning the cups for a full refund. Starbucks is also offering a free beverage as an incentive to have consumers return the recalled mugs.