Central Bottling Company Ltd. (Coca-Cola Israel) will pay customers almost NIS 2
million as part of a settlement of a class-action suit. The payment will be made
as charitable donations.
In November 2009, Michal Gilboa sued Central
Bottling Company in Tel Aviv District Court in a class-action suit.
issue of the lawsuit was a flawed ingredient supplied to the company by its
carbon dioxide supplier, Makhteshim Agan Industries Ltd., which resulted in the
production and marketing of beverages that contained small amounts of foreign
substances that caused the soft drinks to have a bad smell.
Central Bottling Company had violated public health regulations and a
supervision of products and services directive by manufacturing and marketing
flawed beverages that contained hazardous substances.
She also said the
company had misled the public and violated its disclosure duty by not notifying
consumers about the beverages’ ingredients and that the beverages were not fit
for human consumption.