Police investigating 'human waste' found in Coca Cola cans in Northern Ireland

Tom Powell
Coca Cola insisted it was an isolated incident and no contaminated products had reached the market: Reuters

Police have launched an investigation after human waste was apparently found in cans at a Coca Cola factory in Northern Ireland.

The global firm is probing the incident after its Lisburn factory was disrupted by a delivery of cans which reportedly clogged up machines.

Workers inspected the cans and discovered what they thought was human waste, the Belfast Telegraph reported.

Coca Cola insisted it was an isolated incident and no contaminated products had reached the market.

"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," said a spokesman for the Police Service of Northern Ireland.

The cans arrive at the factory without tops, before they are filled with drink, sealed and sold across Northern Ireland.

A Coca Cola spokesman told the BBC: "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.

"This is an isolated incident and does not affect any products currently on sale."

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