USA/Canada: AB InBev recalls Stella Artois bottles

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 company has published an instruction on how to find the production codes for potentially-affected products and a list with all of the relevant production codes.

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%.

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