FACT CHECK: Hoax Claims That Cadbury Products Were Tainted With HIV-Positive Blood
An image shared on Facebook claimed that an employee infected Cadbury products with HIV-tainted blood and warned readers against consuming the products.
“Do not eat this,” one Facebook user wrote.
“This is the guy who added his infected blood to Cadbury products,” the image states beneath an image of a man being led away by Interpol. “For the next few week do no eat [sic] any products from Cadbury, as a worker from the company has added his blood contaminated with HIV (AIDS).”
The image also claims that this story was shown on BBC News and implores readers to “please forward this message to people who you care.”
No such news story appeared on BBC News, and The Daily Caller found no reporting about it from any credible outlets.
A representative for Mondelez International, the parent company of Cadbury, told the Caller in an email, “We would like to make this very clear that this is fake news. We maintain the highest quality and safety standards for all our products and have been enjoying consumer love and trust for over 175 years.”
— INTERPOL (@INTERPOL_HQ) July 16, 2014
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say that “you can’t get HIV from consuming food handled by someone with HIV. Even if the food contained small amounts of HIV-infected blood or semen, exposure to the air, heat from cooking, and stomach acid would destroy the virus.”