Canada Recalls Gin with Double Alcohol Content

Some cases of Bombay Sapphire gin were found to have 77 percent alcohol content due to improper dilution.

Published May 4, 2017

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The Liquor Control Board of Ontario, along with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency and four other provincial liquor control agencies, has recalled Bombay Sapphire gin after they discovered that bottles contained twice the alcohol content displayed on the label.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency found that the gin had an alcohol content of 77 percent rather than the 40 percent indicated on the label. The agency stated in a press release that the discrepancy occurred because a batch of gin was bottled before being properly diluted. They also warned buyers not to consume the recalled product.

Bacardi, the company that owns Bombay Sapphire, told CBC News that as many as a thousand cases of the alcohol were affected:

The mistake happened when some bottles "inadvertently entered the bottling line during a short period of time (max 45 minutes) when they were switching from one bottling tank to another bottling tank," Bacardi said.

All the bottles were bound for the Canadian market, and they were only sold in Ontario, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Labrador, New Brunswick, Manitoba, Alberta, Quebec and Saskatchewan.

The bottles in question all bear a product code of L16304W. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency said that as of 3 May 2017, no illnesses had been reported in connection with the gin recall.


Evans, Pete.   "Bombay Sapphire Gin Recalled Across Canada for Containing Too Much Alcohol."     CBC News.   3 May 2017.

National Post.   "Bombay Sapphire Gin Recalled Across Canada for Having Nearly Twice as Much Alcohol as Usual."     4 May 2017.

Canadian Food Inspection Agency.   "Updated Food Recall Warning — Bombay Sapphire Brand London Dry Gin May Be Unsafe Due to High Alcohol Content."     3 May 2017.

Kim LaCapria is a former writer for Snopes.

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