Bacardi Accidentally Doubles Alcohol Content Of 6,000 Bottles Of Bombay Gin


By Steve Birr

Bacardi is recalling a shipment of 6,000 bottles of Bombay Sapphire gin in Canada after they discovered the bottles contained double the normal alcohol content.

The bottles traditionally advertise a 40 percent alcohol volume, however a malfunction at the production plant in Hampshire, England yielded a 77 percent alcohol content for up to 6,000 bottles that were shipped to the Canadian marketplace. Representatives of Bacardi say U.S. shipments remain untainted, reports The Royal Gazette.

The roughly 6,000 bottles of high-proof gin were reportedly bottled before being properly diluted, resulting in the batch of 154-proof Bombay Sapphire.

“Bacardi is committed to quality for all the premium products within its portfolio,” a spokesman for Bacardi told The Royal Gazette. “The overproof product inadvertently entered the bottling line during a short period of time when they were switching from one bottling tank to another.”

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency issued a warning telling any consumer in possession of the tainted product to throw it away or return it to a liquor store. The bottles ended up in stores, which have subsequently removed them from their shelves, in Ontario, Nova Scotia, Manitoba, Alberta, Quebec and Saskatchewan.

A single consumer tipped off Bacardi about the high proof gin after he noticed his Bombay Sapphire did not have the usual taste.

Most of the shipment never left the stores, but more than 1,000 bottles remain unaccounted for.

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