RECALL NOTICE: Peanut Butter & Barrel Aged Porter

Bad Shepherd Brewing Co. are launching an immediate product recall of our Peanut Butter & Jam Barrel Aged Porter cans.  The recall covers Batch 421 of Peanut Butter & Jam Barrel Aged Porter 355ml cans with a best before date of 23/07/2022 printed on the base of the can.

Unfortunately, cans stored in ambient temperatures may be experiencing secondary fermentation, leading to possible bulging and/or eventual rupture of the can.  This continued fermentation may also lead to a slight increase in the ABV, above the stated 7%.  The secondary fermentation issue is specific to this product and no other Bad Shepherd beers are affected by this recall.

Cans which have been stored chilled, should not be affected by this issue, however in the interest of ensuring our customer’s safety and in keeping with our company values of Care and Excellence, we have notified Food Standards ANZ and have actioned an immediate recall on all cans.

Consequently, you should not attempt to consume this product due to the risk of the can rupturing.  We do not believe product that has already been consumed poses a health risk, however if you are concerned about your health please seek medical advice.

This beer has been available for sale at the brewery, our online shop and through independent retailers in Victoria, NSW, ACT and Western Australia.  All relevant state and federal health authorities have been contacted and we have initiated our product recall plan.  The secondary fermentation issue is specific to this product and no other Bad Shepherd beers are affected by this recall.

If you are in possession of any unopened product you should contact your place of purchase for reimbursement (with proof of purchase) and then immediately and safely dispose of the cans using the information below.

Any can that shows any sign of bloating or bulging should be treated with care.  If a four-pack carrier is still on the cans or they are in a cardboard carton, do not remove them.  Wrap all cans carefully in a bag, then place in an outside bin.  Cans that have been stored at ambient temperature are more susceptible to rupturing than cans stored cold.

We sincerely apologise that our 2021 Peanut Butter & Jam Porter release has not met our standards for quality and safety.  We are taking immediate action to manage this issue with safety foremost in mind and are reviewing our processes for producing beers of this nature to ensure they meet the high quality standards we strive for and consumers expect.

For further information please read through our FAQ below or email us at info@badshepherd.com.au.

Frequently asked questions

Why is this product being recalled?

This product is being recalled because some cans stored in ambient temperatures may be experiencing secondary fermentation, leading to possible bulging and/or eventual rupture of the can.  This continued fermentation may also lead to a slight increase in the ABV, above the stated 7%.

Cans which have been stored chilled, should not be affected by this issue, however in the interest of ensuring your safety we are actioning an immediate recall. The can has the potential to rupture causing bodily harm.

Can I still consume this product?

No. The can has the potential to rupture causing bodily harm. 

Where can I find the batch number?

The batch being recalled is 421 with best before dates of 23/07/2022. Both the batch code and the date code can be found on the base of each can. 

Can I return the cans to the brewery?

Due to the possible risk of can rupture, it’s ideal to safely dispose of the cans as soon as possible as described below. 

How do I safely dispose of the product?

Any can that shows any sign of “bloating” should be treated very carefully. If a four-pack carrier is still on the cans or they are in a cardboard carton, do not remove them. Wrap all cans carefully in a bag, then place in an outside bin. Cans that have been stored at ambient temperature are more susceptible to rupturing than cans stored cold.

What if I’ve already consumed the product. Will it make me sick?

To the best of our knowledge, we do not believe product that has already been consumed poses a health risk to consumers.  Consumers concerned about their health should seek medical advice. 

Can I get reimbursed?

Yes.

Did you buy your beer from our brewpub or online store?  If not already consumed, please email us at info@badshepherd.com.au with a proof of the unopened product (a photo of your unopened cans will do) and your purchase details and we will arrange a refund or replacement product if you prefer.

Was your product purchased from a retail outlet?  Please provide proof of purchase for any unopened product to your retailer for reimbursement and then dispose of the cans safely. 

What is secondary fermentation?

Secondary fermentation in cans can occur due to continued activity of the brewer’s yeast or by a contaminating yeast or bacteria.  As the yeast continues to ferment it releases carbon dioxide which creates a build-up of pressure in the can.  Warmer temperatures speed up the fermentation process which is why there is greater risk of can rupture with product that has not been refrigerated.

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