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France bans Coke as poison scare spreads.

THE poison Coke scare spread yesterday as France cleared 50 million cans from the shelves.

And the firm said it could not give a "cast iron guarantee" that no suspect cans had reached Britain through shopkeepers buying in cheap continental hypermarkets.

French Consumer Affairs Minister Marylise Lebranchu said she ordered the seizure of cans made at a Dunkirk factory "because Coca-Cola could not guarantee it was entirely safe".

France is the third country to ban the drink - plus the firm's other products Diet Coke, Fanta and Sprite - after Belgium and Luxembourg.
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Author:Sparks, Ian
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Jun 17, 1999
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