Gin Bottles Containing Hand Sanitiser Sold to Public in Coronavirus Mix-Up

By Matt Novak on at

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

“The product is labelled 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 sanitiser 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 sanitiser 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 per cent glycerol and 0.125 per cent hydrogen peroxide, which won’t kill you if consumed, but can cause nausea, headaches, dizziness, vomiting, and diarrhoea.

Australia has done relatively well managing the covid-19 pandemic, with just 7,267 cases and 102 deaths to date, according to the Johns Hopkins University coronavirus tracker. Yesterday, in fact, was the first day in months that the country recorded no new cases of community transmission, according to local health authorities.

Anyone who purchased the gin bottles during that period in early June is encouraged to contact the distillery at for a refund or a replacement bottle of gin.