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The Morning Brew: Coca-Cola operations clogged with human waste at Ireland plant

It's Wednesday. Here's a look at the headlines:

Police in Northern Ireland investigate how human waste clogged Coca-Cola operations

File this under things that make you go 'hmmm.' 

Per The Guardian, Coca-Cola called police to determine how human waste got "in a consignment of its drink cans at one of the company's factories in Northern Ireland." 

 The contamination did not get into any cans, according to Coca-Cola.

Coca-Cola suspended nighttime processing last week at the plant when machines became clogged.

The soft drinks giant said it impounded all the affected cans and that the contamination did not affect any products that were on sale. The cans arrive at the factory without tops, to be filled with the fizzy drink before they are sealed and sold across Northern Ireland.

The plant is a major source of pride for the community, employs 550, draws tourists and serves all of Ireland, according to its website.

The Belfast Telegraph reported cans arrive at the plant without tops on, awaiting fizzy fill-ups and the distribution process. The night shift received a shipment and discovered what was thought to be human waste in the cans. A rumor circulated that immigrants had stowed away in the delivery truck and possibly used the cans as toilets, according to the newspaper

For now, this caper is unsolved.


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Juliana Keeping

Juliana Keeping is on the enterprise reporting team for The Oklahoman and Keeping joined the staff of The Oklahoman in 2012. Prior to that time, she worked in the Chicago media at the SouthtownStar, winning a Peter Lisagor Award... Read more ›