Anheuser-Busch InBev today announced a voluntary recall in the U.S. and Canada of a “limited” number of Stella Artois bottles that may contain glass particles due to a packaging defect.
In a press release, A-B, the world’s largest beer manufacturer, said a packaging flaw in some 11.2 oz. bottles manufactured by an unnamed European third-party vendor “may cause a small piece of glass to break off and possibly fall into the beer.”
A-B VP of communications Gemma Hart told Brewbound that the company launched the recall after receiving five consumer complaints in the U.S. and Canada. She added that it’s too soon to say how much the recall will cost the company.
According to A-B, the recall amounts to less than one percent of Stella Artois glass bottles sold annually in North America, and the number of “affected bottles will be far less than this.” The company added that it is working with its wholesaler and retailer partners to remove the recalled products from store shelves.
Those products include bottles of Stella Artois packaged in 6-, 12-, 18- and 24-packs as well as Best of Belgium multi-packs in the U.S. and Canada. The recall also includes Stella Artois Légère 6- and 12-packs in the U.S.