AB InBev today announced a voluntary recall of select packages containing 11.2-ounce (330ml) bottles of Stella Artois beer that may contain particles of glass. The recall comes after the detection of a glass packaging flaw of one of its third-party European bottlers that may cause a small piece of glass to break off and possibly fall into the beer. The potentially-affected bottles were sold in 6-packs, 12-packs, 18-packs, 24-packs, and “Best of Belgium” multi-packs in the U.S. and Canada and manufactured by a third-party which is one of many supplying Stella Artois with glass bottles.
“We made the decision to voluntarily recall certain packages potentially containing the affected 11.2-ounce (330ml) bottles as a precautionary measure to ensure the safety of our consumers,” said AB InBev in the statement.
"The safety of our consumers is our top priority. While the number of potentially-affected glass bottles is very small, we are recalling these Stella Artois packages as a precautionary measure," said Christina Choi, Global Brand VP, Stella Artois. "Our team of technical experts has been working with our third-party glass bottle supplier to ensure this packaging flaw has been addressed."
The recall affects one of the fastest growing beer brands in the U.S., with 28 consecutive quarters of double-digit growth. Last year the Stella Artois brand grew 13%.