Bottles of gin have been recalled across Canada after a batch was found to contain nearly twice the amount of advertised alcohol.

Officials said the 1.14 litre bottles of Bombay Sapphire London Dry Gin should have had 40% alcohol content by volume when the actual figure was 77%.

They stated the problem had been traced back to the production line when one batch was bottled before correct dilution to achieve 40% alcohol content by volume. This resulted in the affected batch having alcohol content by volume of 77%.

Drinks giant Bacardi, which distributes Bombay Sapphire, said the affected batch was believed to have only been sold in Canada.

The recall was triggered by the company and The Canadian Food Inspection Agency said the recalled gin should be thrown out or returned to the shop where it was bought.

This is the second time this year that Canada has had to recall a brand of liquor because the alcohol content was too high. In March, bottles of Georgian Bay vodka were pulled from the shelves after inspectors found a batch with an alcohol content of 81% instead of the advertised 40%.