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Coca-Cola not responsible for poisoning of mother and son, say police

(Global Times)

08:43, December 07, 2011

Authorities in Jilin Province have determined Coca-Cola's products had nothing to do with a poisoned drink that killed a young boy and put his mother into a coma. Police said the poison appears to have been added intentionally after the drinks left the factory.

As well, according to the Xinhua News Agency, all suspect beverages in Jilin Province have been taken off the shelves for further inspection.

The quality supervision department and health department did not find pesticides in the suspect beverages or other beverages produced at a local Coca-Cola factory, said Xinhua. After a preliminary investigation, the Changchun Public Security Bureau confirmed yesterday the poison appears to have been added by a third party.

"The investigation by local authorities again proved that the incident has nothing to do with the quality of products in our company. We have full confidence that our products are safe," read a Coca-Cola statement sent to the Global Times.

The Changchun Security Bureau would not release more information about the case.

Shen Yue, a lawyer at the Beijing-based Huicheng law firm, said both Coca-Cola or the victims could have been the culprit's target.

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