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Meth-laced 7Up reportedly causes death in Mexico — Travelers beware

Meth-laced 7Up reportedly causes death in Mexico — Travelers beware”

Cans of soda are displayed in a case at Kwik Stops Liquor in San Diego, California February 13, 2014.

Health officials in Arizone have already warned those travelling to Mexico against the potential contaminated soft drinks, Coloradoan reported on Friday.

Soda contaminated with methamphetamine is to blame for the death of one person and the intoxication of six others in Mexico, according to the attorney general in Baja, California.

Experts are warning travelers to the area to pay extra attention to whether the seals on their food and drinks are intact. "Medical toxicologists and emergency department physicians are on high alert", the statement said.

The health department reports at least five people from Mexicali were hospitalized after showing symptoms associated with the consumption of the contaminated soft drinks.

Meanwhile, according to Mexicali newspaper "La Cronica", the government of Baja California confirmed that liquid meth was found inside the bottles that were tested for the substance, confirming that the bottles did contain the deadly drug.

A spokesman for Dr. Pepper Snapple Group, which distributes 7Up in the United States, said that "none of the 7Up products sold in the US are affected by the issue being reported in Mexico", according to the Coloradoan.

In addition, Dr Pepper Snapple Group said the company does not market, sell, or distribute the brand in other parts of the world, as PepsiCo owns and licenses the trademark internationally.

In response, USA health professionals are warning travelers to the region to exercise caution.

Anyone who consumes food or drink believed to have been contaminated should call their local poison control center or 911.



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