French beers recalled over glass fears

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A French brewery which recalled some beer last month, over concerns that some bottles may contain glass, has extended the recall.

So which beers have been affected, and what should you do?

Which beers?

The French brewer, Brasserie de Saint-Omer, started recalling beers on 8 September, after it emerged that a problem at the bottling stage could have led to some small pieces of glass making their way into the beers. The Food Standards Agency is emphasising that the recall is purely precautionary.

At that stage some Aldi, Asda and Co-Op branded lagers made by the company were affected, along with some bearing the Brasserie de Saint-Omer label. Two days later, it extended the recall to include some Tesco Bière d'Or.

Now the recall has become fairly extended, with products from all the major supermarkets affected. The recall now includes:

Products sold by Aldi:
Aldi Brasserie Bière Blonde Lager, 8x25cl
Aldi Brasserie French Lager, 10x25cl
'Best before' dates: All dates up to and including 30 November 2013

Products sold by Asda:
Asda Bière de Luxe, 10x250ml
Asda French Lager, 10x250ml
Brasserie de Saint-Omer Shandy, 10x250ml
'Best before' dates: All dates up to and including 30 November 2013

Products sold by Co-op:
Co-op French Premium Lager, 8x250ml and 18x250ml
Brasserie de Saint-Omer Lite, 24x25cl
'Best before' dates: All dates up to and including 30 November 2013

Products sold by Morrisons:
Brasserie de Saint-Omer Export, 8x25cl and 18x25cl
Brasserie de Saint-Omer Panaché, 10x25cl
Bière Continentale, 10x25cl
'Best before' dates: All dates up to and including 30 November 2013

Products sold by Sainsbury's:
Sainsbury's St. Cervois Premium Lager, 8x25cl
Sainsbury's Bière des Flandres 10x25cl and 18x25cl
Sainsbury's Bière des Moulins Continental Lager, 30x25cl
Brasserie de Saint-Omer Panaché, 10x25cl
'Best before' dates: All dates up to and including 30 November 2013

Products sold by Tesco:
Tesco Bière d'Or 10x25cl
'Best before' dates: All dates up to and including 30 November 2013

If you have one of these brands of beer, you should not drink it, but take it back to the store you bought it from. The shops themselves should be displaying signs advising you to return the products. On return you will receive a full refund.

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