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Guinness recalls non-alcoholic stout over contamination fears

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

Guinness has announced a “precautionary” recall of its recently launched non-alcoholic stout in Britain amid concerns of microbiological contamination in some cans.

The recall, which the brewer described as precautionary, impacts the British market, as the product was not yet on sale in Ireland.

Guinness 0.0 was launched last month amid much fanfare after a four year development process.

Guinness said in a statement: “As a precautionary measure 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. The issue is isolated to Guinness 0.0 and does not impact any other Guinness variants or brands.”

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

The product was developed in response to what Guinness said was growing consumer appetite for non-alcohol, lower-calorie beverages.

It was created at the landmark St James’s gate brewery in Dublin.

The early stages of the brewing process mirror those of standard Guinness, with the same main ingredients used – water, barley, hops and yeast.

The key difference in Guinness 0.0 is the use of cold filtration which is used to remove alcohol from the brew.

At its launch in October, Guinness insisted feedback from independent taste tests had exceeded expectations.

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