Belgian beer Hoegaarden is accused of selling products in rusty cans in South Korea so as to cause worries among health-conscious consumers here.
But Oriental Breweries, which imports the Hoegaarden brand, continues to sell the beers in question, claiming that there is no problem in their liquid content.
The issue surfaced of late after consumers complained about rust at the bottom of some Hoegaarden cans. Oriental Breweries, otherwise called OB, responded that it is a very rare case.
UPI News Korea visited discount chains and convenience stores in downtown Seoul to find a majority of Hoegaarden cans have corroded.
A shopper at a hypermarket said, “Even if the content is fine, I don’t think beers in rusty cans can be on the sales. This is something that we drink.”
An owner of a Seoul convenience store said, “Quite a few customers hesitate to pick rusty cans of Hoegaarden beers on shelves.”
Oriental Breweries sells two types of Hoegaarden beers. One is locally manufactured products, and the other is shipped from Belgium. The latter causes the rust problem here.
Unlike other products made of rust-resistant aluminum, Hoegaarden beer cans imported from Belgium are made with iron, so they are subject to corrosion.
This article is provided by UPI News Korea. _ ED.