Sunday, December 11, 2011
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A rumor that’s been circulating through sms and even online via networking sites and local blogs that Pepsi products are contaminated with HIV (Human immunodeficiency virus) is a hoax (not true).
According to reports, a worker that is closely working on Pepsi's pouring process had came out positive on HIV virus from its annual medical examination. Annual medical examination is mandatory on all companies nationwide.
One SMS reads:
ALERT: JUST HEARD A PEPSI WORKER WHO AS INFECTED WITH HIV WAS PUTTING HIS INFECTED BLOOD INTO THE DAMN POP'S WHILE WORKING IN THE WARE HOUSE AND HE WAS EMPLOYED THERE FOR 5 YEARS! NASTY BASTARD NO MORE PEPSI FOR ME! SMDH PEOPLE)
A facebook status also had this message:
To all my fellow facebook friends n family please do not drink pepsi from tha bottles a company worker has put his contaminated HIV blood in some of tha bottles thanks
In Malaysia, the SMS or text message said, "for d next few days, do not drink any product from pepsi company like pepsi, tropicana juice, slice, 7up , coca cola, etc,,as a worker from the company has added his blood contaminated with HIV. watch NDtv …please 4ward this 2 every 1 u care about…..ok. Please note seriously." The rumor has also spread here in the Philippines.
Pepsi Company in its official website's Frequently Asked Question or FAQ page has released this statement.
Is it true that Pepsi bottles / Tropicana packs were contaminated with HIV infected blood?
No, there is not even a shred of truth to this absurd story. This fake story is an attempt to malign the company's reputation.
Are Pepsi and Tropicana safe for consumption?
Please be assured that Pepsi and Tropicana are 100% safe; they are manufactured in fully automated plants, untouched by hand, that maintain global standards of quality and excellence. There is a fraud SMS being circulated raising concerns that Pepsi bottles and Tropicana packs are contaminated with HIV AIDS infected blood. This is absolutely untrue.
Don’t believe this rumor as it is scientifically proven that HIV cannot be transmitted via food or drinks. Plus Pepsi products are produced according to the strictest safety standards and are safe for consumption according to the company’s representative.
This post was written by: Cristine
Cristine aka Ampalaya Anonymous is an aspiring blogger, internet savvy and a BS Information Technology graduate. Follow her on Twitter