EFET gives all clear after acid contamination threat

By Joseph James Whitworth contact

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This picture allegedly shows the method used by the group to contaminate products
This picture allegedly shows the method used by the group to contaminate products
The Hellenic Food Authority (EFET) has confirmed all ‘is back to normal’ following threats to contaminate Coca-Cola, Nestlé, Unilever and Delta products with chlorine and hydrochloric acid.

The agency told us that no incidents were reported during the two week period that expired on 5 January.

Products were removed from all retail outlets in Attica, Greece following the threat. 

The group that made the threat said the motive was to sabotage the companies financially and not to harm consumers.

Products back on market; no incidents reported

Delta’s fresh milk 3.5% fat 1L cartons (blue colour) were targeted.

The firm told us that: “Following new communication from the relevant authorities the 1lt DELTA Fresh milk 3.5% fat is back in the market and absolutely no incidents were reported to us.”

Nestlé’s Nestea Ice Tea Peach (500ml and 4Χ500 plastic bottle) and Nestea Ice Tea Lemon and Coca-Cola Light were also involved.

Nestlé Hellas said: “After confirmation from the relevant authorities, with whom we are in ongoing and direct collaboration from the beginning of the case, the restart of sales has started from January 6, 2017. There were no relevant incidents/consumer complains during this period.”

Coca-Cola Hellenic said: “According to the developments of the case and, after confirmation from the authorities (Greek Police, Hellenic Food Safety Authority), with whom we are in ongoing and direct collaboration from the first moment, as of January 6, 2017 Coca-Cola has proceeded with the recommencement of sales of the specific products in Attica.”

Unilever’s Hellmann’s Caesar Salad Dressing (235ml) and Pummaro Passata “more concentrated” and “classic” (Tetra Pak 520g and 500g respectively) were part of the action. 

Coca-Cola and Nestea were the subject of a similar threat in 2013​ .

A total of 63 bottles of Coca-Cola light and 42 of Nestea were put back in supermarkets for 10 days, according to the same group.

Related topics: Nestlé, Regulation and safety

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