Constellation Brands Is Recalling Corona Bottles Over Concerns That There May Be Glass Particles Inside the Bottles

March 10
12:55 AM 2016

Corona beer bottles are being recalled when the Constellation Brands Inc., who owns the Corona brand in the U.S., said that there might be small pieces of glass in the bottles. At Wednesday, the company announced a voluntary recall of select Corona Extra 12-packs and 18-packs with deposit labels in the U.S. that may contain the shards of glass.

The company stated that the recall affects a very limited scope. Constellation Brands reported that in estimation only one in every 5,000 bottles is affected, and the recalled bottles make up less than one-tenth of 1 percent of Corona Extra 12-ounce clear bottles. Constellation Brands also said that there have been no injuries reported to date, and the company is initiating the recall as a precaution to ensure consumers' safety.

"The safety and well-being of consumers are our top priority and we take matters pertaining to the quality of our products very seriously," said the president of Constellation Brands' beer division Paul Hetterich, as quoted by Time. "We're committed to doing everything possible to complete this recall quickly and ensure the safety of our consumers and integrity of our products."

According to Bloomberg, the recall was announced after routine inspections at two Anheuser-Busch InBev breweries, which currently produce Constellation's beer products. "Since learning of this issue, we immediately began working with AB InBev and jointly took prompt action to investigate the issue," Hetterich noted.

In the company's official announcement of the recall, Constellation Brands elaborated how consumers can determine whether they have the affected product. Consumers can simply check the 8-digit alphanumeric code printed on the side panels of the cardboard cartons of 12-packs and 18-packs, and on the necks of Corona Extra 12-ounce bottles. Details on the digits of recalled products are listed on the announcement.

The Wall Street Journal reported that Constellation Brands faced a similar issue 2014 when the company recalled Corona packages over the fear of glass particles inside bottles. After that incident, the company bought the glass manufacturing plant at its brewery in Mexico from AB InBev. The move was made to avoid future disruptions, which cost the company an estimated $37 million from recalls in the first incident.

The recalling of 12-packs and 18-packs Corona bottles is now in the process after the company announced concerns over possible glass particles inside the bottles. This was the second time the company had to recall Corona bottles over the similar concern. Although there has been no report on injury because of the matter, the company stated that they are taking precaution to protect consumers' safety and the product's integrity.  

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