Beijing: Coca Cola has apologized over how it acted in china after some of its products were alleged to be contaminated with chlorine, China Daily reported Saturday.
The contamination occurred in February when water containing small amounts of chlorine used to clean bottles was mixed with water and it ultimately went into the beverages.
The company angered many people after issuing a notice on its Sina Weibo micro blog April 2 offering to replace the products in question but not to provide reimbursement to those who bought them.
Of the 120,000 boxes of drinks, over 76,000 were distributed in Shanxi province.
At a news conference Friday, David G. Brooks, president of the US beverage giant's China and South Korea branches, said products returned from those batches will be destroyed under the close supervision of the Shanxi Bureau of Quality Supervision and Inspection.
He said the company's apology was necessary because it did not respond quickly enough to the scandal and had issued inconsistent statements as the case developed.
The general manager of the company's Shanxi branch has stepped down, he added.
First Published: Saturday, May 5, 2012, 15:48