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02nd Jul 2018

Beer glasses seized by Birmingham trading standards for being too small

Wil Jones

That 8.1ml is important

Trading standards seized beer glasses from a chain restaurant after it was discovered they were too small to hold a full pint.

Birmingham Trading Standards received “a significant complaint made about short measure beer at a large restaurant chain”, according the council’s regulation and enforcement annual report for 2017/18. The incident happened last November.

42 of the glasses were taken from two different locations in the city. There has now been a national recall of the glasses.

The glasses were 8.1ml too shallow.

The annual report “Investigations found that a particular brand of glass had been made too small to contain a full pint. This prompted a nationwide recall of the glasses after large numbers were seized from two premises in Birmingham.”

A Birmingham City Council Spokesperson added: “It was referred to the relevant body to action and an audit was carried out.

“The supplier and retailer took corrective action to remove all the glassware from use and supply with immediate effect.”

Labour Councillor Mile Leddy, and member of the Licensing and Public Protection committee, said “To come between a man and his pint of beer is one thing, but to come between a man and his short pint of beer is another.

“I commend the department for finding that a number of pint glasses had been made too small, and therefore short measures were being made at certain licensed premises and the way that they instituted, not just a recall from Birmingham bars but nationally as well.”