3 Reasons Why Your Beer Could be Recalled

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  • Beer is just as susceptible to recalls as any other food or product. Stay up to date on all your favorite adult beverage manufacturing developments.
  • Chicago-based breweries, Revolution Brewery, and Goose Island Brewing recalled 40,000 bottles due to spoiled ingredients from lactobacillus bacteria.
  • Low levels of Roundup Pesticide, that has been linked to cancer, was found in popular beer company’s products such as Coors Light, Miller Lite, and Budweiser.
  • It has been reported that broken glass has been found in more and more beer bottles including those manufactured by Sierra Nevada.

Beer truly is the equivalent to a child’s juice box. It seems like new micro-beers pop up in stores and bars every day. In fact, beer is the fifth most-consumed drink in the world. That may not seem like much, but when the other four leading the pack—water, coffee, tea, and OJ—are much cheaper to produce, it’s quite impressive.

However, just like any other product that people put in their bodies, beer is not immune to the dreaded recall. Be mindful of the following 3 reasons why your favorite beer may be recalled and make sure you stay up-to-date on related developing stories.

Off-Flavored Beer Due to Spoiled Ingredients

Have you ever had a beer that immediately tasted funny upon your first sip? Maybe you even smelled the difference before lifting your glass. Although some beers—mainly sour ones—may “wreck your palate”, beer aficionados can taste an off-flavored beer. This odd flavor is due to bad or wild yeast that is used to give beers their different taste profiles.

Beer manufacturers such as Revolution Brewery and Goose Island Brewing Co both located in Chicago had batches of their products that were affected by bad yeast. Goose Island had 40,000 bottles recalled due to an infection of souring lactobacillus bacteria. Both breweries recalled the affected beers immediately.

Pesticides from Roundup

Recently the U.S. Public Research Interest Group conducted a study on 15 beers and found that all but one contained traces of pesticides similar to what is used in the weed-killing chemical.

Many of the top-ranking beer brands, such as Coors Light, Miller Lite, Budweiser, and Corona were guilty of their product containing the pesticide. Although the specific pesticide found (glyphosate), has been linked to cancer, the trace amounts found are well below the levels of a health risk. Either way, it’s not good for marketing if a brewery has to include pesticides in its list of ingredients.

Glass Found in Bottles

It seems that more and more reports are coming in of glass finding their way into beer bottles. Breweries such as the popular Sierra Nevada all the way to local Wisconsin brewery Kerben4 have invoked voluntary recalls addressing the harmful possibility of swallowing glass.

Two of the most common reasons given for the broken glass are poor packaging and faulty bottle manufacturing. In many cases, a brewery will immediately change manufactures rather than investigate. This route just may seem more financially feasible for a smaller operation.

Keep a close eye on any recalls you may see that could affect your favorite brews. Although the issues involved in the above recalls are hardly harmful, it’s probably not a good idea to ingest pesticide and glass. Just a good rule of thumb.