Carta Blanca, Dos Equis Ambar, and Indio Beer Recalls

Date: April 11, 2012
What: Carta Blanca beer
Dos Equis Ambar beer
Indio beer
Beers of Mexico varieties pack
Best of Mexico beer varieties pack
Why: Defect in the 12 ounce brown bottles
Scope: 43 states

Heineken USA of White Plains, New York announced a recall of several products and packages in specific states due to a defect in the 12 ounce brown bottles used for certain batches of Carta Blanca and Dos Equis Ambar, which are available in 6-packs and 12-packs as well as Beers of Mexico and Best of Mexico pack varieties. Indio 12 ounce bottles, which are only featured in the Best of Mexico pack (available only in Texas), are also affected.

Dos Equis Lager green bottles and draught, Dos Equis Ambar draught, and Carta Blanca 32 ounce bottles are not impacted.

The affected bottles were produced by a third party supplier and the defect was detected through routine quality inspections. Due to this defect, there is the potential for small grains or particles of glass to separate from the inside lip of the bottle and fall into the liquid. The pieces may vary in size and some may not be easily visible.

Although it is believed that the number of affected bottles is significantly less than 1%, the company made the decision to recall certain batches of products as a precautionary measure.

There have not been any reports of consumer injuries to date.

The affected products include:

  • Carta Blanca 12 ounce brown bottles in 6-packs and 12-packs
  • Dos Equis Ambar 12 ounce brown bottles in 6-packs and 12-packs
  • Best of Mexico 12-pack variety package (which contains the impacted Dos Equis Ambar brown bottle and Indio 12 ounce bottles; this pack is sold only in Texas)
  • Beers of Mexico 12-pack and 24-pack variety packages (which contains the impacted Dos Equis Ambar brown bottle)

The above products are being recalled only in certain states. Please refer to the list of geographies impacted as well as the production codes below.

Affected Product by State
Dos Equis Ambar
(6-pk;12-pk)
Carta Blanca
(6-pk;12-pk)
Beers of Mexico
(12-pk)
Beers of Mexico
(24-pk)
Best of Mexico
(12-pk)
AL
AR
AZ
CA
CO
CT
DC
FL
GA
IA
IL
IN
KS
KY
LA
MA
MD
MI
MN
MO
MS
NC
ND
NE
NH
NJ
NM
NV
NY
OH
OK
OR
PA
RI
SC
SD
TN
TX
VA
VT
WA
WI
WV
AL
CA
CO
CT
FL
GA
IL
KY
LA
MD
MN
MO
NC
NE
NJ
NM
OH
OK
PA
TX
WA
AZ
CA
WA
OR
AL
AZ
CA
FL
GA
IL
LA
MI
MO
NH
NY
OR
PA
TX
VA
WA
TX
Affected Production Codes (first nine digits of the 13 digit code on the bottle)
2068484AC
2069484AC
2070484AC
2071484AC
2072484AC
2073484AC
2074484AC
2075484AC
2076484AC
2077484AC
2078484AC
2079484AC
2080484AC
2081484AC
2082484AC
2083484AC
2084484AC
2085484AC
2086484AC
2087484AC
2088484AC
2089484AC
2090484AC
2091484AC
2092484AC
2093484AC
2094484AC
2095484AC
2096484AC
2097484AC
2098484AC
2099484AC
2100484AC
2068484FE
2069484FE
2070484FE
2071484FE
2072484FE
2073484FE
2074484FE
2075484FE
2076484FE
2077484FE
2078484FE
2079484FE
2080484FE
2081484FE
2082484FE
2083484FE
2084484FE
2085484FE
2086484FE
2087484FE
2088484FE
2089484FE
2090484FE
2091484FE
2092484FE
2093484FE
2094484FE
2095484FE
2096484FE
2097484FE
2098484FE
2099484FE
2100484FE
2086484FE
2086484FE

Consumers should check to see if they have affected product by comparing the first nine digits of the 13-digit production code on the neck of the bottle against the list of impacted product codes above.

Consumers who have product on this list should not consume it nor should they allow others to consume it. Anyone who has consumed beer from an affected bottle and becomes ill or shows signs of complications should see a physician immediately.

Consumers can obtain more information by calling 1-877-522-5001 or by emailing CcmCerveza@QualityCustomerCare.com. Refunds will be offered for affected product to consumers 21 years of age or older and will be issued in approximately two to four weeks.

Consumers with questions about food safety can Ask Heidi, a certified food safety professional.

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