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Gin Recalled for Having Too Much Alcohol

An error during production meant bottles had nearly double the stated alcohol content.

On Tuesday, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, also known as the Canadian FDA, issued a food recall. Actually, it was more of a booze recall for Bombay Sapphire London Dry Gin after the company found out that the bottles had nearly double the stated alcohol content by volume.

Typically, the gin has 40% alcohol by volume, but because of a bottling error, this bad batch has an alcohol content by volume of 77%, which makes it more than 150 proof. According to the recall, a single batch was bottled before it was correctly diluted. According to CNN Money, it happened when workers were switching from one bottling tank to another.

Now, up 6,000 bottles of the 1.1 liter bottles need to be pulled from Canadian shelves. Sapphire is made by Bacardi, which is more well known for its rum. The company is the fourth largest liquor manufacturer in the world, making 300 million liters of social lubricant every year.

Apparently, the recall investigation began after one sensitive-palette connoisseur issued a complaint with the company. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency is telling consumers to throw out the bottles or return them to the store. So far, no one has reported becoming sick from drinking the gin.

Despite my most average efforts, I was unable to locate any bottles available on the second-hand market, but this is one of few jobs I won’t be too quick to quit.

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