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Beware! Meth-Laced Soda Is Real, and So Are These Contaminated Foods

You’ve been warned before; be careful of the water you drink and the food you order in foreign countries to avoid food-borne illness. Nothing ruins a vacation quite like spending your days hunched over the toilet or curled up in bed.

Unfortunately, contaminated foods can cause more than just a heavy bout of food poisoning. Consuming the following foods and drinks have had dangerous and potentially fatal consequences.

Meth-laced 7Up in Mexico

Sprite and a wedge of lime in a clear glass.

Sprite and a wedge of lime in a clear glass. Never drink anything that isn’t sealed. | iStock.com

Travelers to Mexico were recently warned of 7Up soda that contained methamphetamine. The soda left seven ill and killed one person, according to the Attorney General of Justice of the State of Baja California. Side effects can include nausea or vomiting, an irregular heart beat, and difficulty breathing.

Banner Health warns people to remain observant when traveling. “It is important to check that the seal for any food and drink consumed is still intact and show no signs of tampering,” said Dr. Daniel Brooks, Banner Poison and Drug Information Center medical director. “If you notice any difference in color, taste or smell, throw it out.”

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