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One Customer's Complaint Sparked A Massive Recall Of Bombay Sapphire Gin

Someone's going to be in trouble for this one.

A consumer in Sault Ste. Marie, Canada, who bought Bombay Sapphire London Dry Gin didn't have good things to say about it. According to an LCBO spokeswoman, the booze “did not meet the expectations.” And it's no wonder.

It turned out that the bottle contained almost twice the amount of alcohol it was supposed to. Yikes!

Needless to say, the Ontario Liquor Control Board issued a massive recall on the gin. 6,000 bottles shipped across multiple provinces have already been identified as the problem, but over 1,000 have still be unaccounted for in Ontario.  

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"One batch was bottled before correct dilution to achieve the stated 40 per cent alcohol content by volume. As a result, the affected batch has alcohol content by volume of 77 percent," the Liquor Control Board said in a statement to the public.

It is believed that the affected 1.14 litre bottles of Bombay Sapphire gin were shipped only to LCBO location in Canada, including the provinces of Ontario, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland, Manitoba, Alberta, Quebec, and Saskatchewan.


But you're probably wondering, is it actually a bad thing? Somewhere, somebody is having a really great time. Why spoil it? Well...

“If it’s going to be drunk in a guzzle, it’s very dangerous,” said Larry Grupp, associate professor at the University of Toronto’s pharmacology and toxicology department. “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.”


As of yet, no illness have been reported from people imbibing the 77 percent gin, but the Canadian Food Inspection Agency is urging people to bring the flagged bottles with code L16304W back for a full refund.


“Other than the products higher than normal alcohol content, the product is within specifications and there have been no reported illnesses,” Bacardi Canada general manager Blair MacNeil said. “Based upon our commitment to top quality products, we do not recommend consumption of this product.”

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