Craft Beer Maker Recalls Pale Ales, IPAs

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SAN FRANCISCO (CBSMiami/AP) — Florida is just one of 36 states affected by a beer recall from the Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

On Sunday the company announced it was recalling 12-ounce bottles of its pale ales, IPA’s and other beers after they found that a packaging flaw that could cause a piece of glass to break off into the bottle.

The recall applies to eight different types of its craft beers, including its popular Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, purchased in states across the Midwest, the South and East Coast of the United States.

The California-based company issued the voluntary recall after quality inspections at its Mills River, North Carolina, brewery detected a limited number of bottles made with a flaw “that may cause a small piece of glass to break off and possibly fall into the bottle, creating a risk of injury,” the statement said.

The affected beer has a package date that falls between Dec. 5, 2016, and Jan. 13, 2017 and a brewery code of “M” — which stands of Mills River — printed directly on bottles and the packaging of cardboard cases.

“We have decided to take this precaution to ensure the safety of our customers,” Mike Bennett, chief supply chain officer, was quoted as saying. He said Sierra Nevada had not received any consumer reports of injuries, and it believed the concern could impact about 1 in every 10,000 — or .01 percent — of its bottles packaged during the five-week time period.

Aside from its Pale Ale, the Sierra Nevada recall includes 12-ounce bottles of its Beer Camp Golden IPA, Sidecar Orange Pale Ale, Torpedo Extra IPA, Tropical Torpedo, Nooner, Hop Hunter and Otra Vez.

The company has stopped distributing all affected beer and is working to have it removed from retails shelves, the statement said. Consumers were urged to check the company’s website for details on the recall and not to drink any of the recalled beer, which would be fully refunded.

In addition to Florida, the recall applies to Alabama, Arkansas, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Delaware, Georgia, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachussets, Maryland, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, North Carolina, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Vermont, Wisconsin and West Virginia.

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