$0.30: yes, that's how much Coca-cola compensates for bug in Sprite

10:39, February 05, 2010      

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Mr Gao will get 2.05 yuan ($0.30) as compensation from Coca-Cola.

Gao claimed to have found a three-centimeter bug in an unopened bottle of Sprite which he bought in June 2007, he then filed a law suit against Coca Cola in 2008 to Daxing district court. But Mr Gao was unsatisfied with the decision and lodged an appeal, asking for the company to give him 4.10 yuan ($0.60) compensation together with a written apology.

Chen Yi, director of Coca-Cola's public relations department, told local media that Coca-Cola is happy for consumers to use the law to protect their rights, and they will solve the problem according to the relevant laws and regulations of China.

Coca-Cola said that the consumer did not allow its staff to examine the allegedly contaminated beverages, so there was no way for them to know where the beverages were from and why there was a problem. That's why they failed to reach an agreement with the consumer at first and took so long to close the case. The company added that when it spot-checked some samples from the same batch of products and tested them, the results indicated that there was no problem with the quality of that batch of products. In November 2009 it was confirmed by the court that bottle of Sprite was produced by Coca Cola.

This is surely not the first time Coca Cola has been involved in contaminated drinks case in China, even if we narrow the scope down to the last three years.

Two cases of mercury poisoning related to Sprite are under police investigation in Beijing. A 13-year-old boy was diagnosed in January with mercury poisoning after drinking a can of Sprite. In November 2009, a man surnamed Zhang vomited beads of liquid mercury right after drinking a can of Sprite in a restaurant.

By People's Daily Online
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