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Pesticide in Coca-Cola drink kills boy

(China Daily)

08:21, December 02, 2011

CHANGCHUN - Consumers in this northeastern city have been warned to avoid drinking a strawberry beverage made by Minute Maid, a subsidiary of Coca-Cola, following the death of a boy poisoned with pesticide.

Stores have now been ordered to clear their shelves of the dairy drink, called Guoli Naiyou, according to media reports.

The health scare came after Chu Shiwei said his wife and 10-year-old son became violently ill from sharing a bottle on Tuesday.

He recalled that his wife, surnamed Liu, returned to the family home in Changchun, capital of Jilin province, at about 8:35 pm and drank less than half a bottle of the strawberry drink before handing it to their son to finish.

"About five minutes later, my wife was on the floor, twitching and foaming at the mouth," he said on Thursday. "Her hands were like chicken's feet."

It was not until the ambulance arrived that the boy also began crying in pain.

Both victims were rushed to the intensive care unit at the No 1 Hospital Affiliated to Jilin University. However, Chu's son died five hours later.

"He's now at the funeral parlor. His body and teeth are black," said the father.

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