THE Coca-Cola Shanxi Beverages Co Ltd has been ordered to suspend production after residual chlorine was found to have leaked into its products, according to the Shanxi Provincial Bureau of Quality and Technical Supervision.
The company in northern China apologized to consumers on Saturday, and admitted that the mishap was caused by an operational error, and water used for rinsing beverage packages entered into the water used for making the beverage.
Nine batches of the soft drink produced by the Shanxi bottling plant on February 4-8 were involved, but the company didn't identify them.
The bureau said its investigation showed that a media report about the chlorine scandal was true, and officials also found that manufacturing conditions at the facility failed to meet required standards.
The company reiterated that the drinks "were safe and would cause no harm to human health" because tests confirmed the products were within national standards.
The company said in a statement that on February 3 modifications were made to the water pipelines as part of the plant's water-conservation project.
"The water used for rinsing contains trace levels of residual chlorine that are lower than the national standards for drinking water, and the final beverage was safe to consume," said the statement.
The company said it discovered the issue at the time and the problem was "addressed and taken care of."
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