The Sam Adams Bottle Recall

By now I’m sure most of you know about the bottle recall from Sam Adams which was issued today. The Boston Beer Company, the 4th largest brewer in the U.S., has voluntarily recalled select 12 ounce glass bottles of its beer. Company officials say the brew could contain small bits of glass. According to the Associated Press,

The Boston-based brewer says routine quality control inspections at its Cincinnati brewery found defects in some of the beer bottles which were made by a glass bottle supplier.

The maker of Samuel Adams beer says the defects could cause small bits of glass to break off and possibly fall into the bottle.

How do you know if your bottle is one of the bad ones? The sub par bottles are embossed (at the base) with the the letter “N”, followed by the number “35”, followed by the letters “OI” (so it would appear “N35OI”).

The company released the following statement today via their website:

During a routine bottle inspection at one of our breweries, we detected possible defects in a small percentage of bottles resulting in the random presence of bits of glass, most the size of grains of sand, but some small slivers in some bottles as well. Based on this sample, we quickly began testing bottles of Samuel Adams at all of our breweries and identified that the problem appeared to be isolated to a single glass plant of the five that supply us.

We assembled a panel of food safety, medical and packaging experts including a medical doctor who have thoroughly evaluated the samples. People who bite or swallow a fragment could possibly be injured. While the possibility of injury to an individual consumer is very low and the Company has had no reports of any injury, we do know that the risk is not zero, so we are voluntarily recalling all products in bottles from this specific glass plant that we believe could possibly be affected.

It also appears that the affected bottles are not contained to any one Sam Adams brew, so if you have some fresh in your fridge, it might be a good idea to give them a quick once-over. If you do have recalled bottles in your possession, the company promises a full refund. click here to find out how to get your money back.

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