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Death Wish Nitro Cold Brew Cans Recalled Because They Can Actually Kill You

A flaw in the canning process means the cans could contain a deadly compound
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Death Wish Coffee is recalling all 11-ounce Nitro Cold Brew cans after finding that — due to the product’s low acidity and reduced-oxygen packaging — the cans could be ripe for contamination with the deadly neurotoxin that causes botulism.

Botulism, a potentially fatal form of food poisoning, can cause weakness, dizziness, double-vision, and trouble speaking or swallowing. Those infected may also experience difficulty breathing, abdominal distention, and constipation. The toxin botulin is produced by a species of bacteria that can thrive in certain low-acid, low-oxygen conditions.

“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 — thus we are taking this measure of recalling all Death Wish Nitro cans from shelves,” Death Wish Coffee founder Mike Brown said in a statement.

The company is temporarily halting all production of Nitro cans and refunding customers who purchased the product through their website. Those who do request a refund will receive it within 60 days.

According to the FDA, all Death Wish Nitro cans have been pulled from the company’s online store, as well as Price Chopper/Market 32, Healthy Living Market & Café, and other independent retailers. No illnesses have been reported to date.


Death Wish Coffee, the “world’s strongest coffee,” contains 728 milligrams of caffeine per 12 ounces, according to Caffeine Informer. In comparison, the caffeine content of one 12-ounce can of Red Bull is only 113.5 milligrams. For safe alternative options to Death Wish Coffee’s Nitro cans — we tasted 9 chain cold brew coffees, and this one was the best.