AIDS / HIV+ Blood in Frooti Products?

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As shared on Facebook, Aug. 7, 2013:

Frooti causing AIDS
Netlore Archive: Viral alerts warn consumers in India to avoid drinking Frooti products because they were allegedly contaminated by a worker with HIV-positive blood.

The story of how drinking blood in Frooti products had transmitted the AIDS virus widely throughout India started circulating in 2011. It caused no small amount of distress. Here's an example of how the notice read when it was posted on Facebook on August 7. 2013:

Important msg from Delhi police to all over India:
For the next few weeks do not drink any product of Frooti, as a worker from the company has added his blood contaminated with HIV (AIDS). It ws shown yesterday on NDTV ... Pls forward this msg urgently to people you care... Take Care!!
Share it as much as u can.

This is how a similar notice looked on Twitter:

Date: 12.2.2014


It is notified for the information of the hostilities that drinking of Frooti/any product of Frooti for the next few weeks is dangerous to health as per the below message sent by Delhi police.

Important Message from Delhi police reads as follows:

"For the next few weeks do not drink any product of Frooti, as a worker from the company has added his blood contaminated with HIV (AIDS). It was shown yesterday on NDTV. Please forwarded this message urgently to people you know".

Therefore all the hostelites are hereby requested to look into the above said message and be cautious about the health


Is Frooti causing AIDS in India? No. The warning isn't real, nor did it originate from the Delhi Police.

This hoax/rumor has made the rounds before, in 2004, 2007-08, and 2011 -13. In those previous cases the food products allegedly tainted with HIV-positive blood were ketchup, tomato sauce, and soft drinks such as Pepsi Cola. However, the status of the rumor was the same: false. There have been zero verified instances of workers in India (or any other country) contaminating these products with diseased blood.​

While it is possible for HIV-tainted blood or another bodily fluid to find its way accidentally (or on purpose) into foods and beverages, according to the best available scientific evidence the AIDS virus can't be transmitted that way.

Medical experts say you cannot catch HIV from drinking a Frooti beverage or any other soft drink. You cannot catch HIV from eating food.

Statement from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

HIV does not live long outside the body. Even if small amounts of HIV-infected blood or semen was consumed, exposure to the air, heat from cooking, and stomach acid would destroy the virus. Therefore, there is no risk of contracting HIV from eating food. [ Source]

According to a CDC fact sheet last updated in 2010, no incidents of food products contaminated with HIV-infected blood or semen, and no incidents of HIV infection transmitted via food or beverage products, have ever been reported to or documented by U.S. health agencies.