Fact check: Cakes with pills added to them can cause paralysis in Children. NO
There is a new cake in the market. There is a tablet of Lupo company that can paralyze children, please forward this video to your friends It is sold exclusively in Hindu region.
A video showing tablets hidden in a cake packet is in circulation with a claim that there is a new cake in the market which has tablets embedded in it. This cake causes paralysis in kids. The claim in Telugu goes as" మార్కెట్లోకి కొత్త కేక్ వచ్చింది. పిల్లలకు పక్షవాతం కలిగించే లూపో కంపెనీ యొక్క టాబ్లెట్ ఉంది, దయచేసి ఈ వీడియోని మీ స్నేహితులకు ఫార్వార్డ్ చేయండి ఇది హిందూ ప్రాంతంలో ప్రత్యేకంగా విక్రయించబడుతుంది.. మీ పిల్లలు జాగ్రత్త"
When translated states "There is a new cake in the market. There is a tablet of Lupo company that can paralyze children, please forward this video to your friends It is sold exclusively in Hindu region.. Beware of your children."
This video has been shared virally on various platforms of social media including Whatsapp during the past few days.
This claim was viral in the years 2019 as well as 2020. The claim then was similar but it also claimed that the manufacturer is a Chinese company.
The claim that the cakes shown in the video which cause paralysis is FALSE. Firstly, these cakes are not sold in India, not even online. The video shows Luppo coconut cream cake, which is a Turkish company Solen. These cakes are not new in the market, as they are not sold in India at all.
When observed carefully, A screengrab of the viral video shows the small circular hole on the top of the cake, raising a concern that it might have been tampered.
On the about page of the company Solen, we can see that the Luppo bars are not sold in India.
Here are other websites where Luppo bars are sold online, Whereas no Indian website could be found that sold these bars.
The claim has been debunked in the year 2020 by several fact check organisations like snopes, Boomlive. Turkish Fact checking website 'Teyit' also debunked the claim. Teyit accessed the laboratory reports which clearly showed that the cake bars have cleared the tests.
Teyit also elaborated on the manufacturing procedure, which is an automated process. Any pills or other ingredients added during manufacturing will be melted and mixed during the baking process, concluding that the pills might have been added after the manufacture of the product.
Snopes reported that, based on the information provided by Şölen, the system of filters used in the production of these cakes block any particle larger than 700 microns (0.7 millimeters). It is therefore quite unlikely that the tablets were placed into a cake before it was packaged.
Sölen provided multiple documents showing the safety certifications of the plants where Sölen products, including the Luppo coconut cream bar, are manufactured to Snopes. Those inspections were conducted by the Swiss company SGS.
Hence, the claim that the Luppo cakes are new in the market and have pills in them which have paralysing effect in children is FALSE.