Security and Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens: Health and Safety Announcements



U.S. Embassy Athens, Greece

Security and Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens:  Health and Safety Announcement from Hellenic Food Authority on Possible Tainted Food

December 20, 2017


The Hellenic Food Authority (EFET) published an announcement concerning the claims of the Anarchist Group “Blackgreen Arsons” that it has poisoned specific brands and products in random super markets with hydrochloric acid.

EFET recommends that consumers in Athens and Thessaloniki do not purchase the following products, regardless of batch number, from December 20th to December 25th:

  • Single plastic 1.5 liter bottles of Coca-Cola and Coca-Cola Light
  • 350 gram and 500 gram packages of Yfantis lunch meat (“parizaki”)
  • One liter cartons of Delta full fat fresh milk

EFET directed super market chains in Athens and Thessaloniki to remove these products from the shelves.  EFET is testing the products in Athens and Thessaloniki, and along with the Greek police, assures consumers that all possible measures are being taken to protect their health and safety.

For further information or questions, you can visit the EFET website or call 11717.

For further information:

  • See the State Department’s travel website for the Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and Greece Country Specific Information.
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