CHINA: Coca-Cola Co insists death not linked to Minute Maid
Coca-Cola's Minute Maid Pulpy Super Milky strawberry juice variant has been linked to the death of a child in China
The Coca-Cola Co has said that it is cooperating with Chinese authorities in their investigation into one of its products that reportedly killed a child in China.
According to the state-run Xinhua news agency this week, a child died after drinking from a bottle of Minute Maid Pulpy Super Milky strawberry juice, and three others have fallen sick. Police in the north-eastern province of Jilin are said to have found traces of "toxic pesticide carbamate" in partially-consumed bottles of the drink recovered from the hospital where the victims sought treatment.
A spokesperson for Coca-Cola said that it has temporarily removed the product from shelves in Jilin Province only, and that it is "fully and actively" cooperating with the local authorities.
"Our company takes the recent incidents in Changchun City, Jilin Province involving strawberry flavored Pulpy Milky product very seriously," the spokesperson said. "This case does not involve a product quality issue, and government authorities are carrying out detailed investigations at this time."
The firm added that it has since carried out "comprehensive internal reviews" of its production, logistics and other processes, and conducted third-party tests of the samples, and "found everything to be safe".
"We will provide more information as it becomes available," the spokesperson said.
- Diageo's future brighter than present suggests
- Diageo's Q1 Results by Region
- Analysis - Remy's Cognac "dead-cat bounce"
- SABMiller's troubles fuel M&A rumours
- Focus - Remy Cointreau's H1 Performance by Brand
- Moët Hennessy unveils first Travel Retail outlet
- Diageo puts Beckham centre stage in Haig Club ad
- United Spirits sees Q1 net loss
- Diageo Q1 sales dip "in line with expectations"
- Moet Hennessy sales falter in YTD