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Recall -- Firm Press Release

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Heineken USA Recalls Buckler Non-Alcohol Brew

Heineken USA

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- June 15, 2004 -- As a precaution, Heineken USA is issuing a voluntary product recall for 12–ounce bottles of Buckler non-alcohol brew. The recall covers approximately 15,000 cases of product sold to consumers since March 1, 2004.

It has been discovered that, due to a production error, a very small percentage (less than 0.05%)of the Buckler product may contain an amount of yeast that has not been removed through the normal pasteurization process. The result of the excess yeast is a product which is cloudy in appearance and which may, over time, contain slightly higher levels of alcohol than the normal Buckler specification of less than 0.5% alcohol by volume.

Although there is no risk whatsoever to public health, Heineken USA has decided to voluntarily recall the product.

Heineken USA asks any consumers who may have affected product to call 1-800-HEINEKEN between the hours of 9 A.M. and 8 P.M. , Eastern, for further direction.

Again, this recall only affects Buckler non-alcohol brew sold since March 1, 2004 . No other company brands are impacted in any way.

Heineken USA apologizes for any inconvenience to its consumers and customers.