Bombay Sapphire brand London Dry Gin may be unsafe due to high alcohol content

Starting date:
May 2, 2017
Type of communication:
Alert sub-type:
Food Recall Warning
Hazard classification:
Class 2
Source of recall:
Canadian Food Inspection Agency
Recalling firm:
Liquor Control Board Of Ontario (LCBO)
Ontario, Possibly National
Extent of the product distribution:
CFIA reference number:

Advisory details

Ottawa, May 2, 2017 - The Liquor Control Board of Ontario (LCBO) is recalling Bombay Sapphire brand London Dry Gin from the marketplace due to high alcohol content. Consumers should not consume the recalled product described below.

This recall was initiated after the discovery that, during production, one batch was bottled before correct dilution to achieve the stated 40% alcohol content by volume. As a result, the affected batch has alcohol content by volume of 77%.

What you should do

Check to see if you have recalled product in your home. Recalled products should be thrown out or returned to the store where they were purchased.

Who is affected

There have been no reported illnesses associated with the consumption of this product.


This recall was triggered by the company. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is conducting a food safety investigation, which may lead to the recall of other products. If other high-risk products are recalled, the CFIA will notify the public through updated Food Recall Warnings.

The CFIA is verifying that industry is removing recalled product from the marketplace.

Affected products

Affected products
Brand name Common name Size Code(s) on product UPC
Bombay Sapphire London Dry Gin 1.14 L L16304 W 6 20213 19020 8


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Media enquiries

Christine Bujold, LCBO Media Relations Co-ordinator
Telephone: 416-864-6772; Cell: 416-587-3729;

Keeley Rogers, LCBO Media Relations Co-ordinator
Telephone: 416-864-6875; Cell: 647-339-5428;

CFIA Media Relations

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