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Wisynco hits back at ‘malicious’ hoax

Published:Friday | January 31, 2014 | 8:52 AM

Jerome Reynolds, Staff Reporter



KINGSTON, Jamaica:

Local distributor and manufacturer Wisynco Group Limited has labeled as a hoax claims that its line of products have been compromised.




Messages have surfaced on platforms such as BlackBerry messenger and Whatsapp that a worker, who is infected with AIDS, has contaminated the company’s products with the deadly disease.



However, Wisynco has vehemently denied that this is true and describes the reports as malicious.



In a message to its customers, the company maintains that all its brands are completely safe for consumption.



When contacted, Managing Director of Wisynco, William Mahfood, said the company is on top of the situation and declined to comment further.



Meanwhile, checks of the Twitter account of Wisynco show that this may not be the first time that such a hoax has been perpetrated against a drink company.



In a response to concerns raised by Twitter followers, Wisynco directed persons to the website snopes.com to view what it says are similar malicious messages posted in the past.



A search of the website shows that a rumour began in July 2011, and resurfaced in September 2012, that a HIV-positive employer at Pepsi injected their blood into the product during plant production and warned consumers to avoid buying the company’s line of products.



The reports were dismissed as false.



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