Stella Artois is recalling beer bottles in the US that may have ‘particles of glass’

Stella Artois is recalling bottles of beer. Getty Images for New York Magazine
  • Stella Artois is recalling bottles of beer it says “may contain particles of glass.”
  • What Stella Artois has described as “a glass packaging flaw” has raised concerns that glass might break off and fall into the drink.
  • The brand, owned by Anheuser-Busch InBev, says less than 1% of bottles sold in North America annually are affected by the recall.

Stella Artois is recalling bottles of beer, citing fears that the glass can break off and fall into the drink, causing injuries.

On Monday, Stella Artois announced a voluntary recall of select packages of its 11.2-ounce bottles of beer – including six-packs, 12-packs, 18-packs, 24-packs, and “Best of Belgium” multipacks – that it says “may contain particles of glass.”

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According to Stella Artois, a third party was responsible for a “glass packaging flaw” in certain bottles that “may cause a small piece of glass to break off and possibly fall into the beer.”

“The recall is limited in scope to bottles from one third-party production facility that produces a fraction of Stella Artois bottles,” the beer brand said in a statement. “This recall impacts less than 1% of Stella Artois glass bottles sold in North America annually, and affected bottles will be far less than this.”

Stella Artois, owned by Budweiser’s parent company, Anheuser-Busch InBev, has created a website with a list of the products affected by the recall. Customers can check whether their beer is part of the recall by looking at the “best before” date, timestamp, and package code.

“While the number of potentially affected glass bottles is very small, we are recalling these Stella Artois packages as a precautionary measure,” Christina Choi, Stella Artois’ global brand vice president, said in a statement. “Our team of technical experts has been working with our third-party glass bottle supplier to ensure this packaging flaw has been addressed.”