Police probe 'human waste' found in Irish Coca-Cola cans

Police probe 'human waste' found in Irish Coca-Cola cans
The problem has been blamed on people using the cans as toilets (file)

Police are investigating after what seems like human waste was found in Irish Coca-Cola cans.

The alleged excrement was discovered last week when a shipment of empty cans arrived from Germany at an Irish Coca-Cola factory ready to be filled with coke.

However the tins blocked up the machinery - and when workers investigated they found several were filled with what appeared to be human waste.

"It was absolutely horrible, and the machines had to be turned off for about 15 hours to be cleaned," a source told the Irish Independent.

"It was unusual because normally the cans come from somewhere else in the UK, but this time they apparently came from Germany.

"The rumour is that some poor immigrants could have made that long journey in the lorry and that in their desperation were forced to use the cans instead of a toilet.

"It's really shocking - and beyond the shock of finding something pretty disgusting in the cans is the thought there could have been poor people in that situation. And if they did make that journey, where are they now?"

It's not the only problem inside cans, after a Nigerian court ruled Coca-Cola products Sprite and Fanta could be "poisonous."

The court ruled that high levels of benzoic acid and sunset additives in the soft drinks could be toxic when mixed with vitamin C.

Justice Adedayo Oyebanji ordered warning labels be placed on the bottles by the Nigerian Bottling Company (NBC) - a part of the Coca-Cola Hellenic group, which bottles Coca-Cola products in Nigeria.

"Soft drinks manufactured by Nigeria Bottling Company ought to be fit for human consumption irrespective of color or creed," the judge said.