Cans of non-alcoholic Guinness recalled over fears they are unsafe to drink

CANS of non-alcoholic Guinness have been recalled over fears they are unsafe to drink just a few weeks after launch.

The beer, which is called Guinness 0.0, is sold in supermarkets and off-licenses in the UK.

The company said it was recalling cans of the stout as a "precautionary measure".

Guinness said in a statement: "We are recalling Guinness 0.0 in Great Britain because of a microbiological contamination which may make some cans of Guinness 0.0 unsafe to consume.

"Guinness 0.0 currently is not on sale to the general public in Ireland."

It added that the issue doesn't affect any other Guinness variants or brands.

Your product recall rights

PRODUCT recalls are an important means of protecting consumers from dangerous goods.

As a general rule, if a recall involves a branded product, the manufacturer would usually have lead responsibility for the recall action.

But it's often left up to supermarkets to notify customers when products could put them at risk.

If you are concerned about the safety of a product you own, always check the manufacturer’s website to see if a safety notice has been issued.

When it comes to appliances, rather than just food items, the onus is usually on you – the customer – to register the appliance with the manufacturer as if you don't there is no way of contacting you to tell you about a fault.

If you become aware that an item you own has been recalled or has any safety noticed issued against it, make sure you follow the instructions given to you by the manufacturer.

They should usually provide you with more information and a contact number on its safety notice.

In some cases, the manufacturer might ask you to return the item for a full refund or arrange for the faulty product to be collected.

You should not be charged for any recall work – such as a repair, replacement or collection of the recalled item.

The company urged anyone with cans of Guinness 0.0 not to drink it.

Instead, you should return the cans to where you bought them from for a full refund.

Alternatively, you can contact Guinness' owner Diageo on 0345 601 4558 or [email protected] to receive a refund voucher.

Diageo told The Sun it's only recalling a small number of cans given it's a new product, but it didn't specify how many.

A four-pack of the non-alcoholic drink set you back between £3.50-£4.50.

The recall comes just a few weeks after Guinness announced the launch of the drink, which was said to have taken four years to develop.

The product was developed by an innovation team based at Guinness’s brewery in Dublin, and has the same ingredients — water, barley, hops and yeast — as its standard stout.

The difference is cold ­filtration at the end to remove alcohol.

The company had planned to sell the non-alcoholic drink in pubs from next year.

Other product recalls to watch out for include kids dressing gowns at Asda, which are being pulled over fears they could go up in flames.

Safety warnings have also been issued about eggs on sale at Aldi, Asda and Sainsbury's due to salmonella fears.

Last month, Lidl recalled cheddar cheese over fears it contains plastic pieces.

 

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