Claim: A worker at Pepsi or Frooti has contaminated those beverage products by injecting HIV-infected blood into them.
I am hearing that someone with HIV at a pepsi plant has injected their blood into the product during plant production. Is this true? Why would they still be selling the product I thought. But some people are saying the news said to not drink it right now.
[Collected via e-mail, September 2012]
URGENT NEWS. There's news from the police. Its an urgent message for all. For next few days don't drink any product from pepsi company's like pepsi, tropicana juice, slice, 7up etc. A worker from the company has added his blood contaminated with AIDS. Watch NDTV. please forward this to everyone on your list
[Collected via e-mail, May 2014]
NOTE: Important msg from Delhi police to all over India: For the next few weeks do not drink any product of Frooti, as a worker from the company has added his blood contaminated with HIV (AIDS). It ws shown yesterday on NDTV... Pls forward this msg urgently to people you care... Take Care!!
Origins: This warning about HIV-contaminated Pepsi products began spreading on the Internet and via cell phone text message in July 2011 (and experienced a resurgence in September 2012), and it has also been echoed in recurrent rumors about Mango Frooti, a popular beverage in India. Such rumors are standard food contamination urban legends akin to the leper in the Chesterfield factory rumor. No news accounts, government agencies, or other reliable sources have reported Pepsi or Frooti products being contaminated with HIV-infected blood.
In May 2013, Parie Agro (Frooti's parent company) responded to these rumors by posting the following message on its Facebook page:
The Delhi police and the news channel NDTV have confirmed to Parie Agro that this is not something that they have circulated and they are investigating the matter, since their credentials have been used in the rumour that has been spreading.
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HIV does not live long outside the body. Even if small amounts of HIV-infected blood or semen was consumed, exposure to the air, heat from cooking, and stomach acid would destroy the virus. Therefore, there is no risk of contracting HIV from eating food.
Although such cases are rare, the CDC confirms that people have acquired HIV through oral contact with, or swallowing of, HIV-laden bodily fluids. However, no known infections involving oral transmission of HIV have so far come from contact with, or ingestion of, a food product or beverage; all such infections involved sexual contact.
Other ingestibles have previously been fingered as vehicles for the transmission of HIV-infected blood to the unsuspecting public, and these stories too were baseless: The 2004 scare about restaurant ketchup dispensers and the
Last updated: 15 May 2014