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Broken Glass Triggers Massive Beer Recall By Australian Brewer

An Australian brewing company owned by SABMiller is warning consumers in a recall of more than one million beer bottles that the product could contain broken glass. The affected products include 355mL bottles of Carlton Dry that expire on July 19 and July 20, 2016, and customers can identify the bottles by a mark reading “3A” or “3B”.Carlton Dry

The recall was initiated after Carlton & United Breweries, the producer of the beer, received around a dozen complaints that the tops of bottles were chipped, according to Jennifer Howard, the company spokeswoman.

A statement was issued by the company saying this type of defect is rare, and that it only affected one batch of their product, likely due to a glitch in the bottling process. The exact cause of the broken glass is still under investigation.

There may be an issue with one batch of stock as a result of packaging the product. This sort of thing is rare but we take the quality of our beers seriously.

The brewery says that of the 240 million bottles of Carlton Dry per year, less than one percent of their product is applicable to the recall.

The beers are typically found on store shelves across many major retailers across Australia, in addition to many independent bars and dining establishments.

Carlton & United Breweries’ parent company, SABMiller, is planning a merger with Anheuser-Busch InBev, which would lead to the creation of the world’s largest beer company if it meets the regulatory requirements. While the deal is closely being monitored by antitrust regulators, SABMiller would be acquired in a $100 billion sale if it is approved.

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