July 12, 2007 21:40 ET

Labatt Breweries of Canada Issues Consumer Advisory

Suspected tampering of Stella Artois 330ml bottles sold in restaurants and bars

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - July 12, 2007) - Labatt Breweries of Canada, with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, has issued a consumer advisory related to the suspected tampering of Stella Artois 330 ml single-serve bottles sold in restaurants and bars.

Consumers, restaurant and bar operators should watch for Stella Artois 330 ml single-serve bottles bearing best before dates of 11.2005 or 12.2005 and codes of L32343T and L35243G. In each of the six bottles, tampering with the label on the neck of the bottle was evident where a new label had been glued over the original, and concentrated alcohol was introduced.

These specific production codes indicate that the beer was produced in 2004 and was sold in bottles exclusively at restaurants and bars. These codes have expired and should no longer be on the market. There are no reported incidents involving product purchased at beer or liquor stores to the home consumer. Stella Artois cans and draft products are not affected.

"We are working closely with Metro Toronto Police and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency on the issue and investigations into the matter are ongoing," said Neil Sweeney, Vice President, Corporate Affairs, Labatt Breweries of Canada. "Our number one priority is the health and safety of our consumers."

If consumers, restaurant or bar operators have any reason to suspect tampering to a Stella Artois 330 ml bottle, they should call the Labatt consumer hotline at 1-800-268-BEER (2337).

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