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.

Description: Hoax / Online rumor
Circulating since: 2012
Status: False (see details below)

Example #1
As shared via Twitter, Feb. 26, 2014:

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.

Example #2
As shared on Facebook, Aug. 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.

Example #3
As shared on Facebook, Nov. 29, 2011:

This is the news from delhi Police..........
urgent and imp msgs for all please fwd this to all of them for whom you care, Msg: For next few days dont drink any product from pepsi company like pepsi.slice,Tropicana juice,7 up etc as a worker from the companys production dept has added his blood contiminated with Aids (HIV +ve) Watch Ndtv for more news

Analysis: Is Frooti causing AIDS in India? No. These warnings aren't real. Nor did they 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.

See also:

HIV+ Blood in Ketchup Dispenser
Urban Legends, 26 November 2008

HIV+ Blood in Tomato Sauce Dispenser
Urban Legends, 26 November 2008

HIV+ Blood in Pepsi-Cola
Urban Legends, 17 December 2013

Sources and further reading:

HIV Basics: HIV Transmission
Centers for Disease Control, 16 January 2015

Last updated 07/25/15