Booker Announces Recall of Elux, SKE Crystal, and IVG Disposable Vapes
Booker has announced a product recall for its Elux, SKE Crystal, and IVG disposable vape lines due to a “manufacturing quality issue.” Retailers received a message on April 12th informing them of the recall and requesting the removal of affected products from sale. In this article, we delve into the details surrounding the recall, its impact on the vaping industry, and the future of these products.
Elux: Six Flavors Affected
The recall impacts six flavors of the Elux disposable vape range, all in 20mg strength. The flavors include:
- Mr. Blaze
- Tiger Blood
- Sweet Blueberry Ice
- Pink Lemonade
- Blueberry Raspberry
- Watermelon Ice
Affected batch codes are KB151208, KB151104, KB150831, and KB151229. Retailers must remove these products from their shelves and submit a claim for a refund.
SKE Crystal: Ten Flavors Withdrawn from Sale
Similarly, the SKE Crystal line faces a recall for 10 of its flavors, all in 20mg strength. The affected flavors are:
- Kiwi Passion Fruit Guava
- Watermelon Ice
- Bull Ice
- Berry Ice
- Cherry Ice
- Lemon & Lime
- Vimbull Ice
- Fresh Menthol Mojito
- Sour Apple
Retailers have been instructed to remove these products from sale as well.
IVG Bars: Four Flavors Recalled
IVG bars have also been affected, with four flavors included in the recall:
- Blue Raspberry Ice
- Classic Menthol
- Pink Lemonade
Retailers must remove these products from their shelves and follow the same refund process.
Booker’s Apology and Instructions for Retailers
Booker has apologized for any inconvenience caused to retailers and has provided clear instructions for product removal and refund claims. Retailers must submit a claim via the web portal for the products to be collected and a refund to be processed.
SKE Crystal’s Expected Return and Other Brands’ Recovery
An industry source indicates that the SKE Crystal line is expected to be back on shelves soon. Additionally, Elfbar and Lost Mary are anticipated to return to full strength in the coming weeks.
The Elfbar Scandal: A Closer Look
The recall follows the Elfbar scandal, in which the Daily Mail revealed that several Elfbar 600 products contained at least 50% more nicotine e-liquid than the 2ml UK legal limit. Leading supermarkets, including Tesco, Sainsbury’s, and Morrisons, issued a nationwide ban on Elfbar products. Elfbar later apologized for what it called a manufacturing error.
Leaked Testing Data and Further Controversy
Leaked testing data commissioned by BAT claimed that almost all major disposable vaping brands not produced by a major tobacco manufacturer contained illegal levels of e-liquid. This revelation has led to increased scrutiny of disposable vaping products.
Booker and One Stop Withdraw Lost Mary BM600 Disposable Pods
More recently, Booker and One Stop withdrew their range of Lost Mary BM600 disposable pods from sale, citing a similar manufacturing quality issue.
Conclusion: A Challenging Time for the Vaping Industry
The vaping industry is currently facing significant challenges due to manufacturing quality issues and regulatory scrutiny. Retailers must remain vigilant in monitoring their product offerings and ensuring they comply with industry standards and regulations.
- What is the reason for the recall of Elux, SKE Crystal, and IVG disposable vapes?
The recall is due to a “manufacturing quality issue” that affects these products.
- How many flavors are affected for each vape brand?
Six flavors are affected for Elux, ten flavors for SKE Crystal, and four flavors for IVG bars.
- What should retailers do with the recalled products?
Retailers must remove the affected products from sale and submit a claim via the web portal for the products to be collected and a refund to be processed.
- Are any of the recalled products expected to return to shelves soon?
Yes, SKE Crystal is expected to be back on shelves soon, and Elfbar and Lost Mary are anticipated to return to full strength in the coming weeks.
- What was the Elfbar scandal, and how is it related to the current recall?
The Elfbar scandal involved several Elfbar 600 products containing at least 50% more nicotine e-liquid than the 2ml UK legal limit. The scandal led to increased scrutiny of disposable vaping products and may have contributed to the discovery of manufacturing quality issues in other brands.