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Poison ruled out in case of damaged coffee product in Yilan

2018/04/20 21:58:30

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Taipei, April 20 (CNA) Yilan County police have concluded that a coffee drink thought to be poisoned at a FamilyMart in the northeastern county was nothing more than an employee at the convenience store damaging the drink's packaging.

A customer at a FamilyMart in Jiaosi raised the alarm on Thursday when he found the covered straw hole in the drink's packaging had been pierced.

That give rise to suspicions the beverage was poisonous given Taiwan's history with beverages that were tampered with and ended up being poisonous.

Wei Chuan Foods Corporation, the brand whose product was damaged, took the suspicions seriously and decided to remove its products from FamilyMart shelves around the county as a precaution.

After Yilan police confirmed Friday that the damage was caused by an employee at the Jiaosi store and did not pose any danger to consumers, Wei Chuan said it reserved the right to press charges against the store employee for inciting anxiety in society.

(By Han Ting-ting and Kuan-lin Liu)