Of coffee, wine and cheese parties, coca cola and sex…
Of coffee, cheese and wine parties, coca cola and sex…
These events explain the great Coca Cola scare in Belgium in the second week of June 1999, when forty-three schoolgirls mysteriously became ill after drinking Coke products. In its slow reluctant reaction to this news, Coke followed the example of Perrier in a similar case in 1990, when the French company was slow to recall batches of its mineral water containing traces of benzene.
Coke tested its products and found no health problem, but other people across Belgium and then France reported illnesses. A week after the first reported illnesses, 101 people reported being ill. Some were admitted to hospitals for “hemolysis” or “excessive dissolution of red blood cells”.
As reactions spread across Europe, the next week 249 more people claimed to be sick, and Coke realised it had a big problem on its hands. Three weeks into the crisis, Coca-Cola CEO flew from Atlanta to Europe, closed the bottling plants in Belgium, and announced that the cause of the reactions had been found: an inferior kind of carbon dioxide used to produce bubbles in Coke had inadvertently created a smell of rotten eggs. In addition, creosote on some wooden pallets had gotten on some cans. Evidently, the victims had smelled rotten eggs or creosote while drinking Coke and concluded that they had ingested something rotten.
Although no microbial infection was ever discovered, Coca-Cola suffered a public relations disaster because Europeans perceived the problem as one of trust, not of evidence.
From Designer Food: Mutant Harvest Or Breadbasket of the World?
By Gregory E. Pence
OTHER FOOD AND ENVIRONMENTAL CRISES IN EUROPE PRIOR TO GENETICALLY MODIFIED ORGANISMS
Creosote is a mix of various chemicals:
Aromatic hydrocarbons Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), alkylated PAHs, benzenes, toluenes, ethylbenzenes, xylenes (BTEX), tar acids / phenolics Phenols, cresols, xylenols and naphthols being the main ones…
There is two major kinds of creosotes, those from hydrocarbon/petroleum processes and those from wood burning.
Another source published in 1976 discretely suggested that CREOSOTE was one of the secret ingredients in Coke. I don’t know. It could have been since the invention of Coca Cola. Creosote has been used in various ways, including as an antiseptic, way before the invention of the famous drink.
Creosotes from hydrocarbons are used in the preservation of woods, especially those timbers driven in soil such as fence posts and those immersed in water such as in timber jetties. It was discovered that these creosotes are strong cancer inducing substances. These days, many timber exposed to the elements are treated with arsenic — with colour added to let the public know the timber is thus poisonous. The improvements we do…
Creosotes from wood burning are used in food preservation such as in smoking fish and meat. Various artificially made “natural” products help the use of creosotes in a cold manner to cure fish such as salmon. Too often, too much of the substitute product is used and this gives a bitter taste to the food. The Danes thus export (dump) some of their dud bitter smoked Danish salmons from Chile (the Danes own most of the salmon production in Chile) to Australia where it is sold bargain cheap in supermakets. The poor people can afford smoked salmon. Yoohoo !
But in Coca Cola, the “secret” ingredient woud be used in very very minute quantity as not to appear obvious. The sugars would also soften the unique attractive taste in low quantity and make it more palatable as well as addictive. I don’t know.
It is most likely that there are creosotes in coffee, or in any drinks or foods that use burning, toasting and roasting. Creosotes contain “aromatics” that give pleasant or edgy smells. One of the main manufacturers of such tastes and smell is IFF. If my record is correct, IFF can make glorious chicken-taste by burning onions.
What could have happened in Belgium is that the local maker of Coke let far more secret creosote in the mix, giving it a rather nasty taste. This extra creosote also interfered with the CO2 bubble making process. In the carbonation of water, bottlers often add small amounts of table salt, sodium citrate, sodium bicarbonate, potassium bicarbonate, potassium citrate, potassium sulfate and disodium phosphate in minute quatities. Add too much of these salts, to counter the burnt taste of the creosote, and they could release hydrogen sulfide (H2S) which smells like a sewer gas. This is my theory. Only the makers of Coke really know what happened, but I can guess that creosoted wooden pallets had not much to do with the 1999 Belgium problem.
In 17th century Europe, English women complained that coffee had a bad influence on “their’ men who tended to become idle, drinking coffee all day long and “in conversation” with other men rather than do any work or pay attention to the ladies. The French women complained that coffee made men less enthusiastic about sex. There was no truth to this latter claim, considering that some men were still bi-sexual, or indulged in masculine love, even platonic love like the English men “in coversation” — a situation with a bit of buggery which was at times alternatively tolerated or was rejected by law, but regarded as a sin by the church.
Modern life comes in… and people are still interested in sex. Sex is everywhere. Women powder, make-up and pluck to make themselves attractive. There is sexy look galore, except in the Muslim women who dress with a tent as not to tempt the males. In our Western societies, sex sells and is sold, though not so much for pro-creation, contrarily to what the “old man in the clouds intended”. A lot of what we do is “sexy” oriented from advertising to magazines and porn.
But Europe like Australia suffers from population decline by not procreating enough. This lack of procreation can be masked by immigration and all the problem this import entails, not so much through “racism” but in “culturalism”, including having Muslim women using tents for clothing in the middle of the capital of fashion, Paris. Immigration can change the idea of whom we are but can eventually improve the plain english sausage with spicy delicacies. On the Aussie barbecue, more creosotes would be created and consumed, with the chef(a male)’s special secret BBQ sauce.
Presently, some European countries are launching sex drives, such as Denmark and Spain, inviting people to make more babies, like our own Costello did a few years ago. Remember? “Get under the doonah, Please. Action.”
Drinking alcohol has more effect than coffee on people’s behaviour, including diming their sex drive, though some males can become like brutes, while others just vanish in their own mind or go blotto. Many other “recreational” drugs are useless as they twist comprehension beyond consciousness in often dangerous manners. People die. Thus we need more traditional cheese and wine parties. They are a hoot… as seen in that cartoon of Hagar the Horrible.
So what is the prognosis? Many intelligent people propose the idea that there is an overpopulation of humans on this little planet. This overpopulation is achieved irregularly by mostly the poor and the uneducated breeding more than the “clever” people. This could be seen as a major problem. But one has to ask what is the purpose of humans on the planet: consume products.
Considering that all the philosophical discourses have been replaced by women’s magazines promoting glam, royalties and movie stars to dazzle the average girls waiting forever for their own price charming, shouldn’t we help the ugly and lazy single girls to be the procreator of more of us, so we can consume more Coke and drive self-driving cars?
Education would of course have to be basic. No need for creating more Einstein. The lazy brats would consume, become fat and die of whatever fat diseases, including diabetes. No need for expensive hospitals and health management, except for the rich who want to live a bit longer and enjoy their toys of luxury.
Shouldn’t we supply these ugly and single women with an official alternative regular dose of valium and excitants to help them survive long enough for the brats to become breeders themselves?
Good question. This would address the need for immigration. Considering that 40 per cent of us will be replaced by robots in 2030, we need more lazy people to buy the products made by the robots. The robots might otherwise become unemployed and revolt.
Where will this proposal of deliberate dumbing down of our social structures take us to, who knows, but who cares as long as we burn more fossil fuels, watch crazy TV and fart while buying more and more plastic gadgets in 3D.
It was said that the Roman Empire fell because people had become lazy and had lost the drive to fight. So we need to find a new balance: young men should be sent to war and die, after having impregnated the young girls, the state should provide minimum societal support to the one parent families, by printing cash for Coke and hamburgers, and the robots will be happy, now drinking creosote by the truck loads, while making more weaponry. Welcome to the future.
Yep, could not get better than this…
Cartoon at top from Hagar's swordid history N0. 3.