‘Fake’ Coke dis­pute con­tin­ues

Central Otago Mirror - - NEWS - By BROOKE GAR­DINER

THE Queen­stown res­i­dents who be­lieve they bought fake Coke from on­line re­tailer 1-day.co.nz are still wait­ing to hear about the prod­uct’s au­then­tic­ity.

Coca-Cola Amatil NZ had sam­ples of the ‘‘coke’’ col­lected from Queen­stown last week af­ter sev­eral peo­ple com­plained of get­ting sick af­ter drink­ing the prod­uct, which they claimed didn’t smell or taste like the real Coke.

Han­nah Wilkin­son and two friends bought what they thought was le­git­i­mate Coca-Cola on­line from the sale web­site, which of­fers shop­pers bar­gain deals for one day.

The bev­er­age was listed as Coca-Cola and a de­scrip­tion said the prod­uct was be­ing sold be­cause it was a can­celled ex­port or­der. The prod­uct’s la­bel clearly states that it is ex­clu­sively for sale in Viet­nam and that ex­ports are not au­tho­rised.

Af­ter drink­ing the prod­uct, Miss Wilkin­son and her friends all vom­ited and com­plained of headaches. They did not go to a doc­tor.

Yes­ter­day, a Coca-Cola Amatil com­pany spokesper­son told the Mir­ror they had col­lected sam­ples to be lab tested but had ‘‘ noth­ing to re­port at this stage’’. They said they were also work­ing through the is­sue with the cus­tomer and 1-Day.co.nz.

Al­though the Mir­ror has not yet had a re­sponse from 1-day.co.nz, Han­nah Wilkin­son’s mother Wendy Perkins has.

In an email, cus­tomer ser­vice man­ager Kerry Cal­non told Ms Perkins the com­pany had confi- dence in all prod­ucts it sold and had con­tacted Coca-Cola to con­firm the prod­uct im­ported was gen­uine. ‘‘We are up­set that a prod­uct we have sold may have caused ill­ness, we would like the op­por­tu­nity to have this prod­uct re­turned, we will ob­vi­ously pro­vide full re­fund for this and also be very in­ter­ested in as­sist­ing the other four peo­ple that you ad­vise have also been ill.’’

Coca-Cola Amatil con­firmed there were dis­trib­u­tors im­port­ing and sell­ing Coca-Cola-branded drinks made over­seas through re­tail out­lets and on­line but it wanted to check this par­tic­u­lar prod­uct fol­low­ing the health com­plaints.

Coca-Cola Amatil rec­om­mended con­sumers did not buy coca-cola prod­ucts from the 1-day web­site.

Look­ing for an­swers: Han­nah Wilkin­son and Martin He­bler both got sick af­ter drink­ing what they be­lieve was fake Coca-Cola. Now they’re wait­ing to hear about the prod­uct’s au­then­tic­ity.

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