- The Washington Times - Tuesday, July 11, 2006

SEOUL (AP) — Coca-Cola Korea Bottling Co. said yesterday that it is recalling bottled drinks from five regions in South Korea after a woman threatened to poison the products.

The company said it is voluntarily recalling Coca-Cola, Coca-Cola Light and Coca-Cola Zero after beverages in three plastic bottles found Sunday appeared to have been tampered with.

A man is in the hospital for treatment after drinking from one of the bottles, said company spokeswoman Lee Jin-young.

Police detained a woman in her 40s, saying she laced the bottles with poison. A threat was posted on Coke’s Web site saying poison would be injected into Coke products, Ms. Lee said. Also, $2 million was demanded.

The company said police said there was poison in the three bottles. Local media reports said herbicide was found, but police could not be reached immediately to confirm that suspicion.

The recall is being limited to five southern cities — Gwangju, Hwasun and Damyang as well as parts of Gunsan and Naju — the company said, adding that the recall would be completed yesterday.

“We will conduct the recall right away in accordance with company guidelines that put top priority on consumer health and safety,” Coca-Cola stated.

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