Global beverage giant Diageo has been forced to recall its first batch of Guinness non-alcoholic stout just two weeks after it was launched.

The company issued a warning that the cans of Guinness 0.0 may be “unsafe to consume” because of “microbiological contamination”.

The new brew took four years to perfect but the contamination – understood to have occurred during the production process at its St James’s Gate brewery in Dublin – has halted all canning and production.

“The issue is isolated to Guinness 0.0 and does not impact any other Guinness variants or brands,” said a Guinness spokesperson.

“If you have bought Guinness 0.0, do not consume it. Instead, please return the product to your point of purchase for a full refund. We are sorry that this has happened.”

Guinness 0.0 went on sale at the end of October in the United Kingdom, it was due to be launched in other parts of the world later in 2021.

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