Gin Bottles Containing Hand Sanitizer Sold In Australia In Covid Mix-Up

The Apollo Bay Distillery outside Melbourne, Australia has issued a recall after it accidentally shipped gin bottlescontaining hand sanitizer. The gin distillery had previously converted some of its facility to hand sanitizer production to help combat the coronavirus pandemic.

“The product is labeled as gin, however it is not gin,” the company said in a statement published to Facebook. “The bottles are not correctly sealed, they can be identified as having no shrink wrap seal.”

Countless alcohol distilleries around the world started churning out hand sanitizer back in February and March as the coronavirus pandemic started to take hold all around the world. But Apollo Bay seems to have messed up, sending out hand sanitizer in its “SS Casino Gin” bottles. The SS Casino was a ship that sunk off the coast of Australia in 1932.

The product was sold at the Great Ocean Road Brewhouse from Friday, June 5 until the evening of Sunday, June 7, according to the distillery. The bottles contain 1.45 percent glycerol and 0.125 percent hydrogen peroxide, which won’t kill you if consumed, but can cause nausea, headaches, dizziness, vomiting, and diarrhea.


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