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CARACAS (Reuters) - The Venezuelan government of U.S.-critic President Hugo Chavez on Wednesday ordered Coca-Cola Co to withdraw its Coke Zero beverage from the South American nation, citing unspecified dangers to health.
The decision follows a wave of nationalizations and increased scrutiny of businesses in South America's top oil exporter.
Health Minister Jesus Mantilla said the zero-calorie Coke Zero should no longer be sold and stocks of the drink removed from store shelves while the government investigated its ingredients.
The ingredients (as written in bold) are listed on Australian cans of Coke Zero. Water anyone?
Colour (150d) - aka "Sulphite Ammonia Caramel"
Food acid 338 - aka "Phosphoric Acid" (Also used for rust removal!)
Food acid 331 - aka "Sodium Citrates" (Also used in photography and as an anticoagulant of blood stored for transfusion!)
Sweetener 951 - aka "Asapartame" (According to the US FDA, "the [National Cancer Institute] currently is studying aspartame and other dietary factors as part of a larger study of adult brain cancer." You might want to wait for the results before you drink it. Also, avoid this one if you're moody!)
Sweetener 950 - aka "Acesulfame Potassium" (Looking for reasons to avoid this sweetener? Look no further...)
Preservative 211 - aka "Sodium Benzoate" (Undiluted this stuff isn't too bad... Just don't let it touch your skin!)
2005 Study links Aspartame with cancer - available at the US government's NIH website
From the Conclusions... "Our study shows that Aspartame is a multi-potential carcinogenic compound whose carcinogenic effects are evident even at a daily dose of 20 mg/kg bw, much less than the current ADI for humans in Europe (40 mg/kg bw) and in the United States (50 mg/kg bw).
Coca-Cola Zero or Coke Zero is a product of the Coca-Cola Company. It is a sugar-free variation of Coca-Cola. It is marketed as having zero sugar, except in the United States, Canada, and Taiwan, where it is marketed as having zero calories.
Coke Zero's formulation is intended to be a calorie-free alternative to Coca-Cola Classic.
Originally posted by Nammu
It's got aspartame in it. Good on the Venezualan government! It's a public health risk and should be banned in all countries.
i wonder if they've banned all diet drinks then? They all contain it.
Originally posted by Skadi_the_Evil_Elf
I've been drinking diet coke for years. No problems whatsoever. No weight gain, nothing. But then again, I do not have chronic hypochondria and paranoia of "additives", as many "additives" are from natural sources themselves.
Aspartame might not be, but I haven't seen any reliable evidence saying it's an evil toxin consumed at levels people normally do.
I'm willing to bet this is a targeted political move, since Chavez has about the mentality of a fitful 5 year old. If this was really a concern about public health, he would be yanking more than just Coke Zero off the shelves, since aspartame is used in everything from soda pop to condiments.
Sometimes, Chavez does provide amusement.
quess i have other taste then the rest over here..
In antwoord hierop, graag het volgende. Hartelijk dank voor uw suggestie maar Coca-Cola vanilla is sinds midden 2007 geen onderdeel meer van ons assortiment in Nederland. Helaas hebben wij moeten besluiten, wegens onvoldoende belangstelling van consumenten en handel, om dit niet meer voor de Nederlandse markt te produceren. Het spijt ons, dat wij u als liefhebber van Coca-Cola vanilla moeten teleurstellen. Reageer, voor verdere vragen en/of opmerkingen, niet op deze email met de "Beantwoorden" of "Reply" functie van het email programma, maar stuur ons een nieuw webformulier via het onderdeel Veel gestelde vragen op onze site. Met vriendelijke groet, COCA-COLAConsumenten Informatie