Coca Cola has announces that it has stopped production in one of its factories after some employees found human feces in several cans, though no contaminated drink reached the shelves.
Coca-Cola has called in police to investigate how human waste turned up in a consignment of its drink cans at one of the company’s factories in Northern Ireland.
The Police Service of Northern Ireland confirmed on Tuesday it had opened an inquiry into how feces ended up in the cans at the Helllenic Bottling Company factory in Lisburn, Co Antrim.
CocA Cola had assured the public that the contaminated cans were impounded and that the contamination did not reach the public. The cans arrive at the factory without tops, to be filled with the fizzy drink before they are sealed and sold across Northern Ireland.
A spokesperson for Coca-Cola called it an isolated incident, and said that this will have no impact on supply. The cans originated from Germany. Some believe that immigrants hid in the trucks delivering the cans to the Coca Cola plant, and decided to defecate in the cans during the long journey.
In a statement, the company told the Belfast Telegraph: “Coca-Cola takes the safety and quality of our products extremely seriously.
“We are aware of an incident involving empty cans at our plant in Knockmore Hill, Lisburn. We are treating this matter extremely seriously and are conducting a thorough investigation in co-operation with the PSNI.
“The problem was identified immediately through our robust quality procedures and all of the product from the affected production was immediately impounded and will not be sold. This is an isolated incident and does not affect any products currently on sale.”
The Food Standards Agency said none of the cans contaminated with feces had reached the market in Northern Ireland. It added: “The incident is subject to an investigation by the PSNI and the environmental health unit of Lisburn and Castlereagh city council.”