03 Dec '11, 8am

Coke goes on the defensive after death of 3-year-old boy in China

BEIJING - Coca-Cola Co yesterday defended the safety of its yogurt drinks sold in northern China, denying there was any link to the death of a child or the illness of three other people who had consumed the drinks, but said it removed the product from shelves in a precautionary move. Chinese media reports said an 11-year-old boy died in Changchun city in Jilin after he drank a strawberry-flavoured Pulpy Milky yogurt drink on Monday, and his mother was in intensive care after consuming the same drink. Another mother and her daughter became ill after drinking another bottle of the same drink in Jilin a few days earlier, but recovered after treatment, Coke spokeswoman Joanna Price said yesterday. "This case does not involve a product quality issue, and government authorities are carrying out detailed investigations at this time," she said. After discussions with the local aut...

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