Canadian Food Inspection Agency

Canadian Food Inspection Agency

July 12, 2007 22:10 ET

Consumer Advisory/CFIA-Suspected Tampering in Stella Artois Beer

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - July 12, 2007) - Audio clips available at www.inspection.gc.ca/english/direct/media/.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Labatt Breweries of Canada are advising the public that some Stella Artois beer bottles may have been tampered with.

The CFIA was advised of six bottles suspected of being tampered with in which concentrated alcohol was introduced into 330 ml Stella Artois beer bottles bearing the Best Before End of 11.2005 or 12.2005 and Production Codes of L32343T and L35243G. These codes have expired and should no longer be in the market. These suspected tampering incidents occurred with beers sold at restaurants and bars in Toronto, Ontario and Kamloops, British Columbia. There are no reported incidents involving product purchased at beer or liquor stores. Stella Artois cans and draft is not affected.

There were some reported reactions of vomiting associated with the consumption of this product.

Consumers are advised to check Stella Artois beer bottles for these Best Before End and Production Codes. Bottled beer from these codes, or bottles showing two neck labels glued on top of another, should not be consumed. Restaurants and bars are advised to check Stella Artois beer bottles for the affected Best Before End and Production Codes before serving.

The CFIA and Labatt Breweries of Canada are collaborating with the Police authorities in their investigation.

Consumers with information regarding this suspected tampering should contact their local police department.

For more information, consumers and industry can call one of the following numbers:

Labatt Breweries of Canada Consumer Hotline at 1-800-268-BEER (2337);
CFIA at 1-800-442-2342 / TTY 1-800-465-7735 (8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern time, Monday to Friday).

For information on receiving recalls by e-mail, or for other food safety facts, visit our web site at www.inspection.gc.ca.

Contact Information

  • Canadian Food Inspection Agency
    Food Recall and Emergency Response
    Garfield Balsom (English)
    613-760-4232
    or
    Canadian Food Inspection Agency
    Food Recall and Emergency Response
    Linda LeBlanc (French)
    613-760-4112
    or
    Labatt Breweries
    Alexis Redmond
    Edelman Canada
    416-979-1120 x310
    Cell: 416-300-8386
    alexis.redmond@edelman.com