Corona Recall 2016: How to Tell If Your Beers Are Affected by Glass Contamination
This is a buzzkill. Constellation Brands, which is the parent company for Corona's U.S. operations, is recalling Corona Extra 12-packs and 18-packs because the beers "may contain small particles of glass," the company said in a statement. News of the recall came Wednesday.
"We're initiating an immediate voluntary recall of Corona Extra 12-packs and 18-packs with deposit labels in the U.S. that may contain small particles of glass," the company's statement read. "This recall is very limited in scope, as potentially affected bottles represent less than one-tenth of 1% of Corona Extra 12-ounce clear bottles in the marketplace (we estimate this to be approximately 1 in every 5,000 bottles)."
How to check if the recall affects beer you've purchased: Corona product packaging is marked with a production code, which appears both on the packaging itself and on the neck of each bottle. After locating the production code on purchased Corona, you can cross-check it with the full list of potentially affected 12- and 18-packs of Corona Extra.
The news may be unsettling to those Corona customers who've been loyal to the brand for some time, as this isn't the first recall to make headlines in recent years. In 2014, Constellation Brands Beer Division issued a recall of certain bottles, also due to potential contamination with glass particles.
"Since 2014, we've taken a number of steps within our operations to prevent similar events from occurring, including acquiring the IVC glass plant, implementing a world-class quality management system, conducting third-party supplier audits, installing world-class inspection equipment on all glass packaging lines at our Nava brewery, installing an offline glass inspection area to audit all incoming glass packaging from our suppliers and requiring sign off on all glass lots by suppliers to certify they have reviewed their quality records," the company said in its statement.
To that, Constellation Brands added that its most recent contamination can be traced back to defective bottles that the beer brand acquired from a third-party supplier. As of press time, no trace of the recall could found on the brand's Instagram page — though it's unlikely Corona's PR team is having a day at the beach.