Pepsi HIV hoax are currently circulating through SMS, email and social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter.
The hoax message warns people from drinking Pepsi Cola and other Pepsi products as it could be contaminated with HIV (Human immunodeficiency virus).
One text message, which believed to have originated from India, is a very obvious hoax. It says:
Important message….for d next few days, do not drink any product from pepsi company like pepsi, tropicana juice, slice, 7up , coca cola, etc,,as a worker from the company has added his blood contaminated with HIV. watch NDtv …please 4ward this 2 every 1 u care about…..please spread!
What gave it away was that Coca-Cola is not a product of Pepsi but a rival brand.
Another hoax message from Facebook warns people not to drink Pepsi products as an HIV positive “factory worker” was said to put his blood in some of the bottles.
PepsiCo’s marketing vice-president Hemalatha Ragavan said the Pepsi HIV rumor is not true. She urged people not to believe such claims because Pepsi products were produced according to the “strictest safety standards.”
“This SMS started circulating in India in July and even there, no one believed it,” she said on Friday.
“It is scientifically proven that HIV cannot be transmitted via food or drinks anyway,” she added.
PepsiCo also announced on its website that there’s no truth to the story that Pepsi bottles and Tropicana packs were contaminated with HIV infected blood. They consider the viral message “an attempt to malign the company’s reputation.”