A Coca-Cola factory in Lisburn, Northern Ireland, has landed itself in hot water after reports of human waste being found in its cans came into the limelight.
Night shift workers at the plant noticed something was wrong in the production line when they made the unusual discovery. Machines at the factory had to be turned off for more than 12 hours for thorough cleaning.
“It was unusual because normally the cans come from somewhere else in the U.K., but this time they apparently came from Germany. The rumor is that some poor immigrants could have made that long journey in the lorry and that in their desperation were forced to use the cans instead of a toilet," the company said in a statement.
Coca-Cola also added the problem was caught in its initial stages and, therefore, had no effect on its packaged products headed for sale.
The Food Standards Agency (FSA) also said that no evidence proved the contaminated cans had reached shops in Northern Ireland.
"I am not sure how contamination could have come about," he said. "They are sticklers for hygiene, cleanliness and about contamination,” said Pat Catney, Social Democratic and Labor Party MLA for Lagan Valley.
"We shall have to wait for the police investigation. But it is a state-of-the art factory. I have been around it and this is one of the most professional set-ups I have ever seen,” he added.
The incident comes just days after news emerged the carbonated beverage multinational had been funding studies at Bath University blaming things other than sugar for causing obesity.
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