Food & Drink

Agency: Toss over-boozy gin. Drinkers: Are you nuts?


Canadian food inspectors probably ought to have seen this coming.

A recent recall notice issued by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency for some bottles of Bombay Sapphire London Dry Gin for having twice as much alcohol as advertised has had rather the opposite effect on some drinkers.

The agency said a batch of the gin had been bottled before being properly diluted, resulting in bottles containing 77 percent alcohol by volume – making it 154 proof – rather than the labeled 40 percent. The recall notice suggested consumers throw out or return the over-boozy gin.

Joking aside, mixing drinks with twice as much alcohol as expected could be very dangerous.

The gin had been distributed to retailers in Ontario and possibly across Canada, the agency said. Bombay Sapphire maker Bacardi says none of the affected bottles were distributed in the U.S. Only 1.14-litre bottles with a product code of L16304 are involved.

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