A popular soft drink has made many sick and killed one in Baja Mexico and it has been discovered that those drinks were laced with methamphetamines.
According to Banner Health, there is an ongoing investigation regarding exactly how the toxic substance managed to get into the drink,but as of yet nobody knows what happened.
The health department of Baja California has also pulled the product from store shelves, and secured 77,000 containers of the soft drink before they could leave the Mexico-based Pepsico plant.
Of the people who ingested the tainted soda, five have been treated at the hospital and released. One has unfortunately passed away after being poisoned by the drug.
Arizona health officials are now warning tourists to avoid 7UP when and if they travel to Mexico, and for those who still feel like drinking it, you need to be safe.
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“It is important to check that the seal for any food and drink consumed is still intact and show no signs of tampering,” said medical director of the Banner Poison and Drug Information Center, Dr. Daniel Brooks. “If you notice any difference in color, taste or smell, throw it out.”
If you have come in contact with a contaminated drink, you may experience one or all of the following symptoms: Irritation of, or abnormal taste in the mouth and/or throat, nausea and vomiting, accelerated/irregular heart rate, difficulty breathing, or burning of the esophagus or abdomen.
If you experience any of these symptoms, or believe you may have ingested a drink that was laced with poison, please contact your local poison control center for instructions.
According to the Dr. Pepper Snapple Group, who produces 7UP in the United States, American consumers don’t need to worry about receiving a contaminated drink.
“None of the 7Up products sold in the US are affected by the issue being reported in Mexico,” said spokesman Chris Barnes. “Dr. Pepper Snapple owns and licenses the 7Up brand only in the US and its territories. We do not market, sell or distribute the brand internationally.”
This is not the first time that the US has had to warn tourists to be on the look out for tainted drinks in Mexico. Just a few months ago, the State Department warned that several resort destinations in the country were reported to have sold tainted alcohol that caused many people to fall ill, and unfortunately killed a 20-year-old student from Wisconsin.