Coke Zero banned

Coke Zero has been banned in Venezuela by the government citing concerns that it is harmful to health.

All Coke Zero in Venezuela as of 31/10/09 was to be removed from shelves and destroyed due to concerns over the concentrations of sodium cyclamate which is used in South American countries to sweeten Zero. Sodium cyclamate has been banned as a carcinogen in the US since 1969.

Concentrations of sodium cyclamate in Zero were found in government tests to be 100 times the level considered safe.

Oddly, especially given the fact that it is implausible to believe that Coca Cola were unaware of the US ban, Coca Cola had failed to mention sodium cyclamate as an ingredient when it applied for permission to market Zero in Venezuela.

In Australia and the US, as well as in Europe, Coke Zero is sweetened with aspartime which has been linked to neurological damage.

Taken from Venezuela Bans Coke Zero Citing Health Concerns published by Natural News

Comment

This is yet another example of the total absence of ethics in a major corporation, whereby Coca Cola knew (certainly it is not credible to suggest they did not know) that the product they were using to sweeten their product was carcinogenic, with evidence so clear that it had been banned in the US for 40 years.

This breach of ethics was only discovered because Venezuela is wealthy enough to afford to test products like this. Most 3rd world countries and even some second and first world countries do not run tests on products like this, either because they do not have the funds or they blindly trust the corporation to be responsible. 

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By Mark O'Brien

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2 comments

Tomislav July 5, 2011 6:09am

Ok I'll try to make it as short as I can as the post by Mark O'Brien quite annoyed me.
Sure let's go and bash Coca Cola just because it's big enough and therefore must be doing something wrong. Yes they probably do mistakes like every human being, but this is not a mistake.

I'm from Croatia, our Zero here is a mixture of aspartame and sodium cyclamate. And believe me, they don't sell anything here without proper testing.

Anyways to keep it short I'll correct the main mistake. Thinking sodium cyclamate causes cancer. No. It does not. A lab in the US made a very loose lab test and came to that conclusion. Of course the FDA in the US immediately banned it and it still is like that today.

Little known fact is that these studies were wrong. After that concerning it was being used more and more outside the US, people made more studies in labs outside the US. None managed to reproduce the results, none managed to link it to cancer. The first studies that caused the ban were false yet the US is still just too stubborn.

Little fact to finish it off - Cyclamate is approved as a sweetener in over 55 countries. It is used in hundreds of the most popular products.

The US is the only one that still considers it at all dangerous. (At least according to laws from the last millennium)

mark July 5, 2011 1:49pm

Hi. Firstly Coca Cola is not a human being, and their 'mistakes', if you like to call them that, destroy people's health.
It may be that Cyclamate has only been tested in the US, which is the point of my article as only the US has funded bodies that can test stuff.
If i want to sell a product for consumption then it has to go thru very strict processes, to prove it is safe. Coca cola does not have to prove its products are safe, more others have to prove it is dangerous. There is no way that Croatia tests Zero, they simply cannot afford to test everything.
drink Zero if you want, give it to your kids, but do not act surprised when things go wrong.

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