Published On: Thu, Dec 12th, 2013

UK: Trinidad drink, ‘Cole Cold Pear-D’ linked to one death, contained dangerous levels of cocaine

A Caribbean soft drink found to contain high levels of cocaine has been linked to one person from Southampton, prompting food safety officials to issue a warning.

The implicated soft drink is called Cole Cold Pear-D, which is manufactured by S.M. Jaleel & Co Ltd in Otaheite, Trinidad.

Pear-D, Cole Cold fruit beverage Image/FSA

Pear-D, Cole Cold fruit beverage

However,  the company has said that the Cole Cold Pear-D product has not been exported to the UK and that the label was last produced in September 2013 for the local Caribbean market.

Despite investigations by the enforcement authorities, it has not yet been possible to obtain any distribution details for this product. Investigations are ongoing.

The BBC identifies the victim as Joromie Lewis, 33, of Hampshire. Lewis became ill immediately after trying a small amount of the Cole Cold Pear-D drink last Thursday (Dec. 5).

He died within hours at Southampton General Hospital.

The death is under investigation by Hampshire Constabulary.

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) advises if you have purchased the product with packaging as per the photograph above, please do not drink it as it poses a serious risk to health. Take the bottle to your nearest police station for further investigation.


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