Police are investigating how 'human waste' ended up in Coca Cola cans

Tom Murray
Pallets of Coke-Cola cans wait to the filled at a Coco-Cola bottling plant on February 10, 2017 in Salt Lake City, Utah.

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Staff working the night shift at Coca-Cola's Lisburn factory in Nothern Ireland received quite a shock last week when the machinery became clogged.

Shockingly, workers discovered the source of the problem was human waste found in open cans, which were delivered to the factory to be filled and sealed.

The soda giants called in the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI), who are now investigating the incident.

"It was absolutely horrible, and the machines had to be turned off for about 15 hours to be cleaned," a source told the Belfast Telegraph.

In a statement sent to Business Insider, a spokesperson for Coca-Cola stressed that the cans found with excrement did not reach the general public: "This is an isolated incident and does not affect any products currently on sale."

The statement said the company are cooperating with the PSNI's investigation:

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 cooperation with the PSNI. The problem was identified immediately through our robust quality procedures and all of the product from the affected batch was immediately impounded and will not be sold.

The BBC quoted the Food Standards Agency, saying: "The FSA in Northern Ireland is aware of a physical contamination incident at Coca-Cola Hellenic in Lisburn."

"There is no evidence to suggest that any affected product has reached the market. The incident is subject to an investigation by the PSNI and the environmental health unit of Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council."

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