02 Dec '11, 10am

China boy dies after drinking Coca-Cola beverage

China boy dies after drinking Coca-Cola beverage

BEIJING: Coca-Cola said Friday there was no "product quality issue" with its Pulpy Milky drinks, after a boy who had consumed the product died and three others fell ill. Stores around the country pulled bottles of the fruit-flavoured milk drink from their shelves after a boy died and his mother fell into a coma in the northeastern Chinese province of Jilin. Two other people, a mother and daughter, were also hospitalised after drinking a bottle of Pulpy Milky, but have since recovered and returned home. Investigators have said the drinks were tainted with organic phosphorous, a toxic pesticide, the China News Service reported on Wednesday. "This case does not involve a product quality issue," said Joanna Price, Coca-Cola's China-based spokeswoman, without elaborating. "Our company takes the recent incidents ... very seriously. Our thoughts are with the two affected families...

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