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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Millions of Bottles of Budweiser Beer Recalled

MADRID, Spain -- Nearly 6 million twist-off bottles of Budweiser beer are being withdrawn from sale in 12 European countries, following the discovery of a manufacturing fault in the top, the company said Thursday.

Anheuser-Busch issued a statement saying that all twist-off bottles containing its Budweiser products in Spain, Portugal, Denmark, Sweden, Cyprus, Malta, Belgium, Netherlands, Latvia, Germany, and Switzerland, were affected, as well as many bottles in France.

All the 5.8 million bottles recalled - 240,000 cases, each containing 24 bottles - were manufactured in Spain or Portugal, and filled at the company's Spanish brewery, Anheuser-Busch's European director William McNulty said. They have a ''best before'' date prior to Aug. 15, he added.

The top ring of some of these bottles is slightly larger than it should be, increasing the risk of breakage when they are opened. The company said customer complaints alerted it to the problem.

The 12 countries affected account for only 6 percent of the company's European sales, that are concentrated in Britain and Ireland, McNulty said. The recalled bottles, over half of which are in Spain, represent less than 0.3 percent of Anheuser-Busch Co.'s sales in Europe, he added.

Budweiser bottles sold in Ireland, Greece and Italy are not affected by the recall as they are supplied by a different source not affected by the problem. Bottles produced in Britain are also unaffected, although a small number of bottles imported from Spain have been recalled, the company said.

Budweiser bottles sold in the United States are not affected.