Northern Ireland manufacturing facility halts manufacturing after machine became clogged with faeces, though no contaminated drinks reached shelves


Coca-Cola says the occurrence at that bottling manufacturing facility in Lisburn, Co Antrim, was an diverted one. Photograph: Coca-Cola/PA
Coca-Cola claims the incident at its bottling manufacturing facility in Lisburn, Co Antrim, to be an secluded one. Photograph: Coca-Cola/PA

Coca-Cola has called in police to investigate exactly how human waste turned increase in a consignment the its drink can be ~ at one of the company’s factory in northern Ireland.

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The Police company of northern Ireland confirmed on Tuesday it had actually opened an inspection into exactly how faeces ended up in the cans at the Helllenic Bottling company factory in Lisburn, Co Antrim.

Coca-Cola suspended night-time processing last week at the plant once machines ended up being clogged.

The soft drinks giant said it impounded every the influenced cans and also that the air pollution did not influence any commodities that were on sale. The cans arrive at the manufacturing facility without tops, to be filled through the fizzy drink prior to they space sealed and also sold across Northern Ireland.

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A PSNI spokesman said: “Detectives space investigating an incident at commercial premises in the Lisburn area complying with reports that a consignment the containers delivered to the premises had been contaminated. The examination is at an early stage and also there room no more details easily accessible at this time.”

In a statement, the firm told the Belfast Telegraph: “Coca-Cola takes the safety and also quality that our commodities extremely seriously.

“We are mindful of one incident including empty cans at our plant in Knockmore Hill, Lisburn. We space treating this matter exceptionally seriously and are conducting a thorough investigation in co-operation with the PSNI.

“The trouble was identified automatically through our durable quality actions and all of the product indigenous the influenced production was immediately impounded and also will not be sold. This is an secluded incident and does not influence any products at this time on sale.”

The Food Standards agency said none of the cans contaminated through faeces had actually reached the industry in north Ireland. It added: “The event is subject to an investigation by the PSNI and the eco-friendly health unit the Lisburn and also Castlereagh city council.”