The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has recalled Monster caffeinated energy drinks due to “various non-compliances” related to caffeine content and bilingual labelling requirements.
There have been no reported illnesses associated with the consumption of the products, CFIA said.
The recall was triggered by an inspection. CFIA is conducting a food safety investigation, which may lead to the recall of other products.
Monster said it believes the products were not meant for sale in Canada. The company has an exclusive sales and distribution relationship with Coca-Cola Canada Bottling Limited for products marketed and sold in the country.
"Monster was not contacted by the CFIA regarding this recall, and Monster is actively trying to get additional information from the regulator," the company said in a statement Tuesday (August 15). "Monster suspects that this product was formulated and labeled to meet the regulatory requirements of another country and was not intended for Canada, but nonetheless ended up in the possession of a third-party, unknown to Monster, that is named in the recall notice. It is likely that the products were transhipped from a country outside of Canada."
Several brands of caffeinated energy drinks were recalled in Canada in July due to caffeine content and labelling issues, including products from Prime Energy, 3D Alphaland, 5 Hour Energy, Celsius, GFuel and Sting.