May 19, 2020

Starbucks

Sumit Modi
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The coffee giant has recalled 2.8 metal drinking straws due to the risk of injury.

Starbucks released the straws in packs of three  

 

Starbucks recalling 2.8 million metal straws, including more than 301,000 in Canada

Starbucks is recalling about 2.8 million metal drinking straws, including 301,261 sold in Canada, due to a risk the rigid straw could poke children in the mouth and cause an injury.

Consumers are being advised not to let children handle or use the straws.

"The stainless steel straws may pose an injury hazard for young children using them while simultaneously engaged in activities, such as running or jumping," Health Canada said.

The recalled straws were sold in packs of three, and in combination with two sizes of stainless steel beverage cups. (Health Canada)

The federal government department said it has not received any reports of consumer incidents or injuries related to the use of this product but said Starbucks Coffee Canada, Inc. has received one report of injury to a child's mouth.

In the United States, Starbucks has received three reports of mouth lacerations to young children while drinking.

The reusable straws were sold in Starbucks outlets and online between June 2012 and June 2016 either in packs of three or in combination with stainless steel drinking cups in two sizes, including:

  • Grande, which are approximately 24 centimetres in length and 0.76 centimetres in diameter for 473-millilitre sized cups;
  • Venti, which are approximately 26.4 centimetres in length and 0.76 centimetres in diameter for 710-millilitre sized cups.

Canadian consumers are being told to immediately take the stainless steel straws away from children, or dispose of the product in the household garbage.

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Jun 10, 2021

G7 Summit guide: What it is and what leaders hope to achieve

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Sustainability
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3 min
Business Chief delves into what the G7 is and represents and what its 2021 summit hopes to achieve

Unless you’ve had your head buried in the sand, you’ll have seen the term ‘G7’ plastered all over the Internet this week. We’re going to give you the skinny on exactly what the G7 is and what its purpose on this planet is ─ and whether it’s a good or a bad collaboration. 

 

Who are the G7?

The Group of Seven, or ‘G7’, may sound like a collective of pirate lords from a certain Disney smash-hit, but in reality, it’s a group of the world’s seven largest “advanced” economies ─ the powerhouses of the world, if you like. 

The merry band comprises:

  • Canada
  • France
  • Germany
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • The United Kingdom
  • The United States

Historically, Russia was a member of the then-called ‘G8’ but found itself excluded after their ever-so-slightly illegal takeover of Crimea back in 2014.

 

Since 1977, the European Union has also been involved in some capacity with the G7 Summit. The Union is not recognised as an official member, but gradually, as with all Europe-linked affairs, the Union has integrated itself into the conversation and is now included in all political discussions on the annual summit agenda. 

 

When was the ‘G’ formed?

Back in 1975, when the world was reeling from its very first oil shock and the subsequent financial fallout that came with it, the heads of state and government from six of the leading industrial countries had a face-to-face meeting at the Chateau de Rambouillet to discuss the global economy, its trajectory, and what they could do to address the economic turmoil that reared its ugly head throughout the 70s. 

 

Why does the G7 exist?

At this very first summit ─ the ‘G6’ summit ─, the leaders adopted a 15-point communiqué, the Declaration of Rambouillet, and agreed to continuously meet once a year moving forward to address the problems of the day, with a rotating Presidency. One year later, Canada was welcomed into the fold, and the ‘G6’ became seven and has remained so ever since ─ Russia’s inclusion and exclusion not counted. 

 

The group, as previously mentioned, was born in the looming shadow of a financial crisis, but its purpose is more significant than just economics. When leaders from the group meet, they discuss and exchange ideas on a broad range of issues, including injustice around the world, geopolitical matters, security, and sustainability. 

 

It’s worth noting that, while the G7 may be made up of mighty nations, the bloc is an informal one. So, although it is considered an important annual event, declarations made during the summit are not legally binding. That said, they are still very influential and worth taking note of because it indicates the ambitions and outlines the initiatives of these particularly prominent leading nations. 

 

Where is the 2021 G7 summit?

This year, the summit will be held in the United Kingdom deep in the southwest of England, with Prime Minister Boris Johnson hosting his contemporaries in the quaint Cornish resort of Carbis Bay near St Ives in Cornwall. 
 

What will be discussed this year? 

After almost two years of remote communication, this will be the first in-person G7 summit since the novel Coronavirus first took hold of the globe, and Britain wants “leaders to seize the opportunity to build back better from coronavirus, uniting to make the future fairer, greener, and more prosperous.”

 

The three-day summit, running from Friday to Sunday, will see the seven leaders discussing a whole host of shared challenges, ranging from the pandemic and vaccine development and distribution to the ongoing global fight against climate change through the implementation of sustainable norms and values. 

 

According to the UK government, the attendees will also be taking a look at “ensuring that people everywhere can benefit from open trade, technological change, and scientific discovery.” 

 

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