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Human waste turned up in a consignment of Coca-Cola cans at one of the companys factories in Ireland

The soft drinks giant said it impounded all the affected cans and that the contamination did not affect any products that were on sale

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London, March 29, 2017: Coca-Cola has called in police to investigate after human waste turned up in a consignment of its drink cans at one of the companys factories in Northern Ireland.

Police officials confirmed on Tuesday that they have opened an inquiry into how faeces ended up in the cans at the Hellenic Bottling Company factory in Lisburn, Co Antrim, reported the Guardian.

Coca-Cola suspended night-time processing last week at the plant when machines became clogged.

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The soft drinks giant said it impounded all the affected cans and that the contamination did not affect any products that were on sale.

According to the Belfast Telegraph, factory workers on the night shift at the plant in Lisburn last week were left horrified when they made the discovery inside a number of cans on the production line.

“It was absolutely horrible, and the machines had to be turned off for about 15 hours to be cleaned,” a worker told the paper, adding “it was unusual because normally the cans come from somewhere else in the UK, but this time they apparently came from Germany”.

“The rumour is that some poor immigrants could have made that long journey in the lorry and that in their desperation were forced to use the cans instead of a toilet,” according to the report.

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In a statement, the company told the newspaper: “Coca-Cola takes the safety and quality of our products extremely seriously.

“We are aware of an incident involving empty cans at our plant in Knockmore Hill, Lisburn. We are treating this matter extremely seriously and are conducting a thorough investigation in co-operation with the police.

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“The problem was identified immediately through our robust quality procedures and all of the product from the affected production was immediately impounded and will not be sold. This is an isolated incident and does not affect any products currently on sale.”

The Food Standards Agency said none of the cans contaminated with faeces had reached the market in Northern Ireland. It added: “The incident is subject to an investigation by the PSNI (Police Service of Northern Ireland) and the environmental health unit of Lisburn and Castlereagh city council.” (IANS)

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Coca-Cola Produces 3 Million Tonnes of Plastic Packaging a Year

The figures, which the company has refused to disclose in the past, reveal the amount of plastic packaging Coca-Cola produced in 2017

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Coca-Cola is one of 31 companies, including Mars, Nestle and Danone, that have revealed how much plastic packaging they create as part of a drive for transparency by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation. Combined, they produce 8 million tonnes of plastic packaging a year. Pixabay

Soft-drinks giant Coca-Cola has revealed for the first time that it produces 3 million tonnes of plastic packaging a year, which is equivalent to 200,000 bottles a minute, a report said on Thursday.

The data was provided to campaigner Ellen MacArthur, who is pushing for major companies and governments to do more to tackle plastic pollution, the Guardian reported.

The figures, which the company has refused to disclose in the past, reveal the amount of plastic packaging Coca-Cola produced in 2017.

It did not reveal the scale of its bottle production, but when its packaging footprint is translated into 500 ml PET plastic bottles, it amounts to about 108 billion bottles a year, more than a fifth of the world’s PET bottle output of about 500 billion bottles a year.

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The figures, which the company has refused to disclose in the past, reveal the amount of plastic packaging Coca-Cola produced in 2017. Pixabay

Coca-Cola is one of 31 companies, including Mars, Nestle and Danone, that have revealed how much plastic packaging they create as part of a drive for transparency by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation. Combined, they produce 8 million tonnes of plastic packaging a year.

But 150 other companies, including Pepsi Co, H&M, L’Oreal, Marks & Spencer, Burberry, which have signed up to MacArthur’s global commitment to reduce plastic pollution, are still refusing to publicly disclose figures.

In the report, the Foundation said data published for the first time, alongside what companies say they are doing to tackle plastic pollution, offered a new level of transparency about plastics and efforts to stop plastic waste and pollution.

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“The decision by more than 30 companies to publicly disclose their annual plastic packaging volumes in the report is an important step towards greater transparency,” it said. Pixabay

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“The decision by more than 30 companies to publicly disclose their annual plastic packaging volumes in the report is an important step towards greater transparency,” it said.

“We applaud the companies that are publishing this data and encourage all companies that make and use plastics to disclose their plastics footprint,” it added. (IANS)