Mexican officials discovered methamphetamines in 7UP, in Baja California, which sickened eight people and killed one. According to press release, an investigation is underway to determine how the popular beverage got contaminated.
As per media reports, the health department of Baja California has issued a statement confirming multiple contaminated 7UP products in the Mexican state.
The cans were found adulterated with meth which caused series of illness among tourists.
The manufacturers were immediately notified of the problem. More than 77,000 individual containers of 7UP were secured at the Mexican plant belonging to PepsiCo.
Five people who fell ill consuming the tainted soda, were released from hospitals after their condition improved.
Health officials in Arizona warned the tourists in Mexico advising them to be aware of any health symptoms arising from the soda.
Dr. Daniel Brooks, the medical director of Banner Poison and Drug Information Center said, “It is important to check that the seal for any food and drink consumed is still intact and show no sign of tampering. If you see difference in taste or smell, discard it immediately.”
“Anyone who experiences symptoms of poisoning should promptly contact poison control,” he added.
According to Chris Barnes, a spokesperson from Dr. Pepper Snapple Group, the U.S. manufacturer of 7UP said, the 7UP brand in the U.S. poses no threat to the consumers in the country.
The soft drink manufacturer owns and licenses the 7UP brand only in the U.S. and its territories. They do not market, sell, or distribute it internationally.
The U.S. State Department cautioned travelers to Mexico, about incidences of tainted alcohol at certain Mexican resort destinations.
The warning was issued after a student was found dead after consuming alcohol on a family trip to Playa Del Carma in July. As per toxicology reports, she had a blood alcohol level of 0.25 after being hospitalized.
A lawyer for the family now believes that the tainted alcohol caused the death, which the resort downright denied.