Local authorities in northeast China said Tuesday drinks made by US giant Coca-Cola that left one child dead and three others ill last week were deliberately poisoned.
In an incident that caused nationwide concern, a boy who drank a Pulpy Milky yoghurt drink made by Coca-Cola subsidiary Minute Maid died on November 28 in Jilin province, prompting a mass recall of the products.
The boy’s mother was also poisoned and remains hospitalised in Changchun city, while another mother and daughter were made ill but have since recovered.
“Following a technical analysis and a detective investigation, it has been preliminarily confirmed that the November 28 poisoning case involving Minute Maid Pulpy Milky is a case of deliberate poisoning,” the Jilin government said.
In a statement on its website, the government said no other contaminated drinks had been discovered after authorities tested products pulled from store shelves, as well as Coca-Cola plants and sales companies in Jilin.
While the government did not explicitly detail what caused the poisoning, it said in the statement that authorities had tested the pulled products and plants for pesticides, indicating these may be responsible for the death.
The investigation was continuing, the statement said. It did not say whether inquiries were focusing on any particular suspects or motives.
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