In a troubling development, cans of the popular soda brand, 7Up, laced with methamphetamine have made their way onto the shelves of convenience stores in Baja, California, leaving one customer dead and several extremely sick.
Baja’s health department issued a statement saying that all 7Up product in the Mexicali region has been pulled from stores, but citizens should be on the lookout. The manufacturers have been made aware of the issue, as well, and more than 77,000 individual cans of 7Up have been halted at a Mexican plant owned by PepsiCo.
The Attorney General of Baja released a statement via Facebook informing the public that at least eight individuals had been reported ill due to the meth-laced soda. At least five individuals had recovered as of last week.
Dr. Daniel Brooks of Banner Poison and Drug Information Center released a statement, saying: “It is important to check that the seal for any food and drink consumed is still intact and show[s] no signs of tampering. If you notice any difference in color, taste or smell, throw it out.”
According to Banner Health’s statement, possible symptoms of methamphetamine poisoning include an “abnormal” taste, burning sensations in the esophagus or abdomen, nausea or vomiting, and irregular heartbeat or difficulty breathing. Anyone who experiences such symptoms should promptly contact poison control adds Banner Health.
A spokesman for Dr Pepper Snapple Group, which manufactures 7UP in the United States, said the issue is strictly limited to the Mexican portion of California, and no contaminated cans have made it to the U.S.
“None of the 7Up products sold in the U.S. 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 U.S. and its territories. We do not market, sell or distribute the brand internationally.”
News of the contaminated cans will prompt the U.S. State Department to retain their travel warning to citizens planning to go to Mexico, which previously warned tourists of contaminated alcohol at certain Mexican resorts.
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