Coca-Cola Calls Police After Discovering Human Waste in Cans
A Coca-Cola factory in Northern Ireland recently discovered something absolutely sickening in a batch of its cans — human waste.
In an effort to find out how the feces ended up in their cans, the giant soft drink company called in the Police Service of Northern Ireland to investigate, according to The U.K. Guardian.
Coca-Cola officials also impounded all the affected cans, which arrived at the factory without tops to be filled with soft drinks before being sealed, and confirmed that no products currently on sale had been affected by the gross occurrence.
The health hazard was discovered through “robust quality procedures,” the company explained in a statement to the Belfast Telegraph, calling it an “isolated incident.”
The night shift workers at the Lisburn factory had to shut down the machines when cans — thought to have arrived from Germany — caused a clog. When they looked into the situation, the workers discovered that many of them were filled with what looked like human waste.
“It was absolutely horrible, and the machines had to be turned off for about 15 hours to be cleaned,” an unidentified source told the Irish Independent, noting that the factory typically gets its cans from the United Kingdom, not Germany.
The company reassured its customers that Coca-Cola took the safety and quality of its products, as well as this incident, “extremely seriously.”
“We are aware of an incident involving empty cans at our plant in Knockmore Hill, Lisburn,” officials explained. “We are treating this matter extremely seriously and are conducting a thorough investigation in cooperation with the police.
The police service confirmed that it had opened an investigation into the matter on Tuesday, but because it was in the early stages, no details about the incident were immediately available.
“Detectives are investigating an incident at commercial premises in the Lisburn area following reports that a consignment of containers delivered to the premises had been contaminated,” a police spokesperson said. “The investigation is at an early stage and there are no further details available at this time.”
The Food Standards Agency found that none of the feces-contaminated cans had been shipped to stores in Northern Ireland, and explained that the Lisburn and Castlereagh city council environmental health unit was working in conjunction with the police to investigate the issue.
If these cans had been filled, sealed and shipped to countless stores, it could have caused health issues for numerous people in Northern Ireland. Thankfully, that didn’t happen, but it showed just how easy it could be for something to contaminate the food and drinks we consume on a daily basis.