A factory in Lisburn, Ireland was shut down last week when machines became clogged with the waste. According to BBC, police are now investigating reports that a consignment shipment may have been contaminated.
“Detectives are investigating an incident at commercial premises in the Lisburn area following reports that a consignment of containers delivered to the premises had been contaminated,” said a spokesman for the Police Service of Northern Ireland.
The cans, which came from Germany arrive from the plant without tops and are filled with Coke before being sold across the country.
“It was absolutely horrible, and the machines had to be turned off for about 15 hours to be cleaned,” a source reportedly told the Belfast Telegraph. “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?”
One official, Alliance councilor Amanda Grehan explained to the Telegraph she was dumbfounded by the news. “That’s really shocking, and if the drinks cans were to get out into shops then it could be extremely dangerous for people,” she said.