Coca-Cola Says Ackman Remarks on Obesity Are `Irresponsible'

Coca-Cola Co. products at a gas station in Louisville, Kentucky.

Photographer: Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg

Coca-Cola Co., the world’s largest soft-drink maker, said hedge fund manager Bill Ackman went too far in blaming the company for a global increase in obesity and diabetes.

“These comments are irresponsible and do not recognize the current breadth of our business,” Kent Landers, a spokesman for the Atlanta-based company, which also sells bottled water, milk and fruit juice, said in an e-mailed statement.

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