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Heineken Recalls Certain Beers Due to Bottle Defect

Heineken USA is recalling certain Mexican beers because the bottles may be defective, so there is a potential for small particles of glass to separate from the inside lip of the bottle and fall into the beer. The pieces may vary in size and some may not be easily visible, the company said in its recall announcement.


The problem affects certain 12-ounce brown bottles of Carta Blanca and Dos Equis Ambar, as well as “Beers of Mexico” and “Best of Mexico” pack varieties. Indio 12-ounce bottles, which are only in the “Best of Mexico” pack (available only in Texas), are also affected and being recalled.

Dos Equis Lager green bottles and draught; Dos Equis Ambar draught; Tecate; and Carta Blanca 32-ounce bottles are not impacted nor are any other Heineken USA brands.

According to the company’s news release, the number of defective bottles is less than one percent, and the recall is a precautionary measure.

“There have not been any reports of consumer injuries, and while the likelihood of a possible injury to a consumer is very low, the presence of small particles of glass in the bottle could pose a health risk,” the company stated in its recall announcement.

The recalled beers are:

– Carta Blanca 12-oz. brown bottles in 6-packs and 12-packs

– Dos Equis Ambar 12-oz. brown bottles in 6-packs and 12-packs

– “Best of Mexico” 12-pack variety package (which contains the impacted Dos Equis Ambar brown bottle and Indio 12-ounce bottles; this pack is sold only in Texas)

– “Beers of Mexico” 12-pack and 24-pack variety packages (which contains the impacted Dos Equis Ambar brown bottle)

Check here to see if the beer was sold in your state and to see the affected production codes (refer to first nine digits of the 13 digit code on the bottle).

Compare the first nine digits of the 13-digit production code on the neck of the bottle against the list of impacted product codes in the above link. 

Consumers who have beer on this list should not consume it nor should they allow others to consume it, Heineken USA advises.  Anyone who has consumed beer from an affected bottle and becomes ill or shows signs of complications should see a physician immediately.

Consumers can obtain more information at www.heinekenusa.com, by calling 1-877-522-5001 or by emailing CcmCerveza@QualityCustomerCare.com.

Refunds will be offered for the recalled beer to consumers 21 years of age or older. In order to receive a refund, consumers will be asked to provide their date of birth, name, address, phone number and email. Refunds will be issued in approximately two to four weeks.

For more information, visit www.heinekenusa.com.

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