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Bombay Sapphire Recall: Gin Has Double Alcohol Content

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By    |   Friday, 05 May 2017 08:02 AM

Bombay Sapphire London Dry Gin has been recalled across Canada after officials discovered some bottles may contain twice as much alcohol as listed.

Bacardi, the owner of Bombay Sapphire, told CBC News in a statement that as many as 1,000 cases of 1.14-liter bottles may be involved. Bacardi also own other popular brands like Grey Goose vodka and Dewar's whisky.

"This recall was initiated after the discovery that, during production, one batch was bottled before correct dilution to achieve the stated 40 percent alcohol content by volume," said the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. "As a result, the affected batch has alcohol content by volume of 77 percent."

"There have been no reported illnesses associated with the consumption of this product," said the agency.

The National Post reported cases of the gin in question had been distributed in Ontario, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland, Manitoba, Alberta, Quebec and Saskatchewan.

An unhappy customer in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario tipped off someone to the bad batch of gin, according to the Liquor Control Board of Ontario.

"Remember, the product isn't unsafe," Bacardi spokeswoman Amy Federman told the Post. "It just was recalled because the label says 40 percent and it didn't in fact contain 400 percent…. There's much higher proof alcohol out there that people drink and buy everyday — but it’s labeled properly."

Larry Grupp, an associate professor at the University of Toronto's pharmacology and toxicology department, told the National Post, though, that the gin can harm people.

"If it's going to be drunk in a guzzle, it's very dangerous," Grupp said. "Of course it's going to get people drunk — if they're able to tolerate drinking it. It's just too much alcohol…. You're probably going to be sleepy or worse."

The code on the affected bottles reads L16304W and the bottles should be returned to the store of purchase, said the Canadian Food Inspection Agency.

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