HK issues advisory vs Stella Artois beer products

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Stella Artois beer

Hong Kong has issued an advisory for the public to avoid consuming two batches of a famous beer brand from Belgium as they might contain glass shards.

The Centre for Food Safety (CFS) of the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department said businesses should immediately stop using or selling the affected batches of Stella Artois beer if they have them.

“The CFS, through its routine Food Incident Surveillance System, noted a notice of the Canadian authorities concerned that several batches of the product concerned are under recall as they may contain glass particles,” the CFS said.

“The CFS immediately followed up with major local importers and retailers. The Centre also received a notification from the above sole importer of the product that it has imported the above-mentioned batches of the affected product and initiated a recall,” it added.

According to the South China Morning Post, the HK branch of Belgian beer giant Anheuser-Busch InBev has launched a recall of more than 50,000 bottles of Stella Artois beer. Recall orders were also issued in Canada and the United States.

The CFS urged the public to avoid the Stella Artois Beer products that have the following details:

Product name: Stella Artois Beer

Place of origin: Belgium

Manufacturer: InBev Belgium NV

Sole importer: Horsinvest Holding Co Ltd

Volume: 330 millilitres per bottle

Best-before dates: September 15, 2018 (package code: 55, time stamp: 23:00-23:59), and September 16, 2018 (package code: 55, time stamp: 0:00-18:00)

A CFS spokesman said the beer’s importer in HK reported a total of 2,160 cartons of the affected batches of the product and “all of them had been distributed.” He added that the affected products had been taken off shelves and their sale had been stopped.

Members of the public may call the hotline of the importer at 2923-8666 during office hours for enquiries about the recall.


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