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Coca-Cola Oceania released a statement, which was obtained by the station, stating that experts – including Crerar, allegedly – did not feel that their product contributed to Harris’ arrhythmia conclusively.
“Therefore we are disappointed that the coroner has chosen to focus on the combination of Ms. Harris’ excessive consumption of Coca-Cola, together with other health and lifestyle factors, as the probable cause of her death,” the statement
All the same, Crerar said he feels that Harris’ death should serve as an impetus for the Atlanta-based company to include warning labels on all of their drinks.
“[I recommend] that Coca-Cola give consideration to the inclusion of advice as to quantity of caffeine on labels (in) its products and… adding appropriate warnings related to the dangers of consuming excessive quantities of the products,” he said, according to the Discovery Channel.
He also noted, however, that “Coca-Cola cannot be held responsible for the health of consumers who drink unhealthy quantities of the product.”