COOL, REFRESHING, DEADLY 7UP KILLS IN MEXICO
Just when you thought it wasn’t safer to drink the water, reports out of Mexico that the soda 7Up has been widely laced has resulted in multiple deaths so far. While nutritionists have been warning for years that drinking soda can be detrimental to your health, one soda that kills takes it to a whole new level. With one death on record and seven others in critical condition, even more 7Up Meth victims sent to the hospital, official warnings have been issued to any travelers to Mexico from U.S. Health Professionals.
ONE DEAD, OTHERS HOSPITALIZED, 7UP PULLED FROM SHELVES
The soda delivered drug scare has forced Mexican authorities to remove 7Up from all store shelves and vendors in the area of and around Mexicali which is slightly south of the California/Mexico border. Now an investigation is underway to determine just how the Meth got into the 7Up and on to market. This news comes from a news release from the Baja California Health Department as well as a Facebook post via the Baja attorney general. All the cases so far have been reported in the Mexicali Valley, roughly 120 miles away from San Diego.
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OFFICIAL TRAVEL ADVISORY TO ALL IN MEXICALI AREA
Experts are sternly warning travelers to the Mexicali area to be extra vigilant as to whether the seals on their food and beverages are still intact before consuming. Banner Health, an entity which operates 28 hospitals in six different U.S. states, has declared that its toxicologists and emergency department physicians are all on high alert after the reports of tampering.
“If you notice any difference in color, taste or smell, throw it out,” Daniel Brooks, the medical director at the Banner Poison and Drug Information Center located in Phoenix, stated in a news release on last week.
SO FAR, NO REPORTED 7UP CONTAMINATION IN U.S.
The side effects of consuming the drug-contaminated soft drink include irritation of the mouth and/or throat, a burning sensation in the esophagus, nausea or even vomiting, trouble breathing and possibly a fast or irregular heartbeat, reported in the Banner Health news release.
The attorney general in Baja California state has an open investigation into the death and illnesses resulting from the contaminated drinks.
So far there’s no indication that 7Up products in the United States have been contaminated, Chris Barnes, a spokesman for the Dr. Pepper Snapple Group, told media.
“None of the 7Up products sold in the U.S. are affected by the issue being reported in Mexico,” Barnes relayed. “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.”
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Anyone who consumes drinks or food that may have been contaminated in any way should immediately contact the Poison Control Center at 800-222-1222.
A recent investigation by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel this past summer discovered that more than 70 visitors to all-inclusive resorts in Mexico had blacked out right after drinking small and moderate amounts of alcohol, and many also reported being robbed, assaulted or otherwise injured while unconscious. Several of these people died, according to the investigation.
Immediately after the report, the U.S. State Department last July warned all travelers to Mexico about the possible tainted or counterfeit alcohol that could result in sickness and blackouts.