‘Fake’ Coke dispute continues
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.