Officials are warning Americans traveling to Mexico about the dangers of drinking 7Up soda while in the country after multiple bottles were found to be contaminated with methamphetamine. One person is dead and at least seven ill after drinking the tainted soda.
In a Friday press release, nonprofit organization Banner Health explained that the contaminated bottles were sold in Mexicali, Mexico, and noted that authorities are investigating to determine how the meth got mixed in.
“It is important to check that the seal for any food and drink consumed is still intact and show no signs of tampering,” said Dr. Daniel Brooks, Banner Poison and Drug Information Center medical director. “If you notice any difference in color, taste or smell, throw it out.”
Consuming meth-laced 7Up can lead to a slew of dangerous symptoms, including: irritation in the mouth or throat; burning in the esophagus or abdomen; nausea or vomiting; difficulty breathing; and fast or irregular heartbeat.
Consumers in the United States should not worry about their 7Up making them sick since the company behind the tainted sodas does not distribute stateside, Dr Pepper Snapple Group spokesman Chris Barnes told USA Today.
“None of the 7Up products sold in the U.S. are affected by the issue being reported in Mexico,” he explained. “Dr Pepper Snapple owns and licenses the 7Up brand only in the U.S. and its territories. We do not market, sell or distribute the brand internationally.”
The Attorney General of Justice of the State of Baja California announced via Facebook that an investigation was underway to determine how the drug made its way into the 7Up.