Sierra Nevada issues beer recall over fear of glass shards

Sierra Nevada Brewing Company, one of the nation's largest craft brewers, has issued a recall of some of its 12-ounce bottles of pale ales, IPAs and other beers after discovery of a packaging flaw that could cause glass to chip and fall into the bottle.

The voluntary recall came after inspections at its North Carolina brewery. The brewery said the recall applies to eight different types of its craft beers, including its Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, purchased in New York and 34 other states as well as Washington, DC.

In an announcement, the company said, "We have announced a voluntary recall of select 12-ounce bottles that may contain a small glass packaging flaw. This recall comes after quality inspections at our Mills River, NC, brewery detected a very limited number of bottles with a flaw that may result in loss of carbonation and a small piece of glass to break off and possibly fall into the bottle, causing a risk for injury.

"While we believe this concern impacts roughly one in every 10,000 (0.01%) of our bottles packaged during this time, Sierra Nevada has set the standard for quality in the craft brewing industry since 1980 and we have decided to take this precaution to ensure the safety of our consumers.  To date, we have not received any consumer reports of injuries resulting from the potentially affected bottles, and we are working with our suppliers to determine the root cause of the issue."

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