The Canadian government were forced to recall bottles of Bombay Sapphire London Dry Gin after inspectors discovered the alcohol content was nearly twice as high as advertised on the bottle.
A quality assurance team tested the sprit and found some bottles of the Bombay Sapphire London Dry Gin, owned by Barcadi, contained 77 percent alcohol – much higher than the advertised 40 percent. Sidenote: How can I become an alcohol quality assurance tester?
Canadian officials urged anyone who had 1.14 litre bottles of the spirit not to drink it, but to return it where they would receive a refund.
As you can probably imagine, not everyone saw an issue with 77% alcohol gin.
Many people took to Twitter to share their thoughts on the subject:
— E. Goode🎩 (@EbonGoode) May 4, 2017
Bombay Sapphire: Canada recalls gin over too strong alcohol content. Quick quick lets get some before it’s gone!! https://t.co/NM56AJBsYJ
— Ernest Tetley (@teabag543) May 4, 2017
This Bombay Sapphire story….Fuck em for ruining my Liver further than what they’re supposed to
— Worship (@wfreemantle) May 4, 2017
I don’t see the problem here: Bombay Sapphire gin recalled for having almost twice the labelled alcohol content https://t.co/lCxounVBGI
— Sven K. (@Tuffy76) May 4, 2017
Barcadi told CBC News: “We do not recommend consumption of this product,” adding that they believed only Canada was affected by the extra-boozy booze.
A statement from the Liquor Control Board of Ontario said: “The affected product has been removed from the shelves of all LCBO stores.
“This recall was initiated after an investigation by LCBO Quality Assurance revealed a deviation in the stated 40 percent alcohol content by volume. The affected lot L16304w has alcohol content by volume of 77 percent.”
They added that drinking a product with such a high level of alcohol could cause serious illness.