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Investigation underway after 'human waste' found in cans at Coca-Cola plant in Antrim

The suspected contaminated cans were delivered to a plant near Lisburn, Co Antrim.

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AN INVESTIGATION HAS been launched after suspected human waste was found in drinks cans delivered to a Coca-Cola factory in Northern Ireland.

Production machinery is said to have been clogged when workers discovered what looked like human waste at the plant in Knockmore, near Lisburn in Co Antrim, last week.

The company have said that this was an isolated incident and does not affect any products for sale.

A Coca-Cola spokesperson told TheJournal.ie: “We take 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 cooperation with the PSNI.  The problem was identified immediately through our robust quality procedures and all of the product from the affected batch was immediately impounded and will not be sold.

A spokesperson for the PSNI said: “Detectives are investigating an incident at commercial premises in the Lisburn area following reports that a consignment of containers delivered to the premises had been contaminated.”

In a statement the UK’s Food Standards Authority said that it was aware of a “physical contamination incident” at the plant but said it could not comment further in order not to jeopardise an investigation from the PSNI and the Environmental Health Unit of Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council.

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