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Mum 'horrified' by mystery object found in daughter's drink

Author
Otago Daily Times,
Publish Date
Tue, 23 May 2023, 12:39pm

Mum 'horrified' by mystery object found in daughter's drink

Author
Otago Daily Times,
Publish Date
Tue, 23 May 2023, 12:39pm

A Mosgiel mother was left horrified after discovering a mysterious object at the bottom of her 4-year-old daughter’s can of Sprite.

Bridgett Taylor has hit out at Coca-Cola’s response to the discovery on Saturday, saying the company told her no one was able to talk to her at the weekend about what the object might be.

Meanwhile, she was left worrying the object was a battery and her daughter Maddie might have consumed part of it.

Taylor said her weekend took a turn for the worse when she gave her daughter a can of Sprite on Saturday after the family arrived home from a holiday. Taylor said she had not noticed how fast Maddie finished the drink, as she was busy unpacking, but soon heard a rattling in the can.

The object would not shake out of the can, so she cut the can open to reveal what she thought was a battery.

“It was degraded; all you could see was solder.

“I began to feel very worried she might have swallowed what was connected to the battery.”

Taylor contacted Coca-Cola New Zealand to reach its quality assurance team to answer her concerns — but was “disappointed” to find out the team was not available during the weekend.

She then called the National Poison Centre, which advised watch her to daughter closely over the next 48 hours.

“It was disappointing. I had to spend the weekend anxious as I did not know whether my daughter swallowed anything dangerous.

“She is fine now, but who is to say she didn’t ingest something that could bite back later on?”

The object found in the can of Sprite. Photo / Otago Daily Times

The object found in the can of Sprite. Photo / Otago Daily Times

Mrs Taylor received a call from a Coca-Cola representative yesterday afternoon, who said a courier bag was being sent to her house, so she could send the object and the can for inspection.

She still did not know whether her daughter was fully safe.

"I gave them the batch and serial numbers but they won’t be able to test the liquid as my daughter drank it.

"I just hope this doesn’t happen to anyone else."

The Coca-Cola spokesman said every can of drink was checked under the company's quality assurance programme.

"This is the first complaint we’ve had of this nature."

- Titus Lambert-Lane, ODT

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