Thursday, June 11, 2009

A Ballsy Move

This just in from the socialist hellhole of Venezuela:

Venezuela bans Coke Zero, cites "danger to health"

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.

...[Health Minister Jesus] Mantilla did not say what health risks Coke Zero, which contains artificial sweeteners, posed to the population.

Neither Coca-Cola nor the bottler responded to requests for comment on Wednesday.

Perhaps the Reuters Latin America desk should keep this page bookmarked - that way, they'd know that, wherever the market is made up of Spanish-speaking people, Coke Zero contains sodium cyclamate, a substance banned in Coke's home country 40 years ago because it causes bladder cancer and "testicular atrophy."

Say what you will about Hugo Chavez, he cares enough not to allow foreign multinationals to shrink his countrymen's nuts.

    Update: "Venezuela's Health Ministry said Friday it banned sales of Coca-Cola Zero because the company failed to declare that the no-calorie soft drink uses an artificial sweetener allegedly harmful to health.

    "Health officials said tests show the cola contains sodium cyclamate. Coca-Cola Co. disputes that, saying the product sold in Venezuela uses different artificial sweeteners, Acesulfame-K and Aspartame."

1 comment:

The sweet Mex Files guy said...

However, Beverage World reported in March 2008 that cyclamate-laced Coke Zero was "reformulated" -- according to Coca-Cola "the change will give the diet drink a taste closer to that of Coca-Cola Classic and had nothing to do with concerns over sodium cyclamate, a sweetener banned in the U.S. 39 years ago by the Food and Drug Administration after lab findings suggested it posed a cancer risk."

Cyclamate isn't just used though in Latin America. It's legal in Canada (which probably explains something).