Police Investigating as ‘Human Waste’ Found in Coke Cans, Factory Shut Down

Despite Coca-Cola’s best advertising hard work, almost everyone by now knows the world-wide trendy soft drink isn’t healthy.

Whether it’s the high sugar adds up or aspartame or the fact that it can act as a pretty effective home cleaner, it’s pretty understandable that it’s bad for your health. Still, one way or another corporate giant value is over $87 billion dollars.

Recent findings of a nasty pollutant having come to light and this may just turn people off from Coca-Cola goods forever.

Coca-Cola Plant Shut Down because Human Waste Contamination

Earlier this year, a Coca-Cola factory in Lisbon, Northern Ireland was closed for 15 hours after equipment was blocked by a physical pollutant later identified as human waste.

Representatives reported that the pollutant had come from a received delivery of cans which supposed to be filled with the soft drink. Reports stated that none of the pollutants made its way into the market.

They said that the problem was acknowledged right away through the vigorous quality procedures and all of the product from the affected lot was right away impounded and will not be sold. But how this could have happened? Nobody knows.

There is a single theory, however, that could give details for the appearance of this scandalous pollutant. An unidentified source told the Belfast Telegraph, that some immigrants could have made that long journey in the lorry and that in their fear were forced to use the cans as an alternative to a toilet.

Coca-Cola vs. the Planet

While hazardous contaminants are by no means the norm for the Coca-Cola brand, there are still many reasons to stay away from buying its ever-present products

Coca-Cola goods have a massive payment to the global plastic pollution crisis. According to a Greenpeace analysis, the company enlarged its plastic bottle manufacture by over 1 billion in 2017 alone, bringing annual estimates to an enormous 110 billion bottles.

Regrettably, only a small part end up as it should be recycled and reused; the rest are filling up landfills or littering natural space and oceans. The issue is so serious, that even seafood has traces of plastic now!

What’s more, Coca-Cola has been criticized for putting an unnecessary significant damage on limited clean drinking water resources.

Millions of traders in India in January of 2017 boycotted Coca-Cola and competitors like Pepsi for using up most of the area’s uncontaminated drinking water after a mainly low season of rain had already exhausted resources.

Coca-Cola Responds

According to their sustainability reports, “60% of bottles and cans comparable to what we introduced into the marketplace were refilled or improved and recycled with our support” and “221 billion liters of water replenished through community and divide projects across the globe”.

Coca-Cola asserts that they have improved water effectiveness every year for the last 14 years. There is a clear inconsistency between the company’s own estimates and the critical estimates of third parties.


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Rachell S. Anderson, Senior Writer

Written by Rachell S. Anderson, Senior Writer

Rachael has been with Live Science since 2010. She has a masters degree in journalism from New York University's Science, Health and Environmental Reporting Program. She also holds a Bachelor of Science in molecular biology and a Master of Science in biology from the University of California, San Diego.

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