Worker Infected Frooti Products with AIDs Infected Blood? - Internet/Facebook Rumour
collected July 2013
collected May 2014
Important msg from Delhi police to all over India:
For the next few days do not drink any product of Frooti, as a worker from the company has added his blood contaminated with AIDS. It was shown yesterday on NDTV… PLS forward this msg urgently to people you care…
Rumours are circulating advising readers to avoid Frooti drink products because a factory worker contaminated the product with his blood containing the AIDs virus.
The rumours are certainly false. This particular rumour has actually been circulating for many years now targeting other companies. Popular variants of the message has targeted Pepsi, fast food Ketchup dispensers and even Coca Cola. In all cases the rumours proved to be false.
During our research into previous variants of this rumour we have learned that the HIV virus cannot actually survive outside the human body meaning even if the rumours were true any product tainted with AIDs infected blood would certainly be unable to pass on the virus to any other person. (Source.)
Additionally there is no mention of such an incident on the Parle Agro website (who own the Frooti brand) nor any recall of products which would certainly happen if the incident did occur. Also there is no mention of the story on NDTV as claimed in the message.
This rumour, like many others, is designed simply to attack a company and incite needless panic. Just like many other rumours of this nature it fails to provide any sources or evidence to back up its baseless claims. Readers are advised to always confirm and verify rumours before they consider passing them on, because in cases like this, a reader will be passing on needless and sick scaremongering.
The Internet, and social networking sites like Facebook, are perfect platforms for spreading untruths, misinformation, rumor and propaganda. Thousands of inaccurate, exaggerated, deceptive or just plain false messages are circulated every single day.
For the anti-scam community to successfully tackle this plethora of false rumours, it is important that anyone who uses the Internet be able to identify false rumours and fully understands the possible consequences of spreading false information.
We have a two part blog post that helps provide this information. Part 1 deals with how to spot and debunk Internet rumours and Part 2 deals with the reasons why you should never circulate false information.
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