SABMiller Recalls 1 Million Bottles Of Beer Over Fears Of Glass Shards

SABMiller - Carlton Dry

SABMiller has issued a recall of more than one million bottles of beer from an Australian beer company it owns. The company warns that the beer bottles could contain pieces of broken glass.

The recall affects Carlton Dry 355mL bottles with expiration dates of July 19 and 20, 2016.

The beers were produced in October by Carlton & United Breweries in Queensland. Each bottle being recalled is marked with a “3” on the carton, or a “3A” or “3B” on bottles.

“This sort of thing is rare but we take the quality of our beers seriously,” the company said in a statement.

Carlton and United is a popular beer in the country, selling nearly 240 million bottles of Carlton Dry each year.

The recall arrives just as SABMiller is in the middle of a deal to be acquired for more than $100 billion by AbInBev. The merger will allow the newly formed company to control nine of the world’s top 20 beers by volume.

The recall was issued after Carlton & United received about a dozen complaints from customers about a chip at the top of the glass beer bottles.

Officials believe the chip may have occurred during the bottling process. They are still investigating the cause of the issue.