- The Washington Times - Tuesday, July 11, 2006

12:47 p.m.

SEOUL (AP) — Coca-Cola Korea Bottling Co. said today it will recall bottled drinks in 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 have detained a woman in her 40s for purportedly lacing the bottles with poison. She posted a threat on the company’s Web site saying she would inject poison in Coke products, Ms. Lee said. The suspect also demanded $2 million.

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.

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

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

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