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On Friday Venezuela's Health Ministry announced the ban of Coca-Cola Zero because it failed to declare the use of an artificial sweetener allegedly harmful to the health.On Friday Venezuela’s Health Ministry announced the ban of Coca-Cola Zero because it failed to declare the use of an artificial sweetener allegedly harmful to the health.

President Hugo Chávez’s government has banned the sale of the calorie-free soft drink over health concerns, prompting a scramble to remove it from shelves and vending machines.

“This product must be taken off the market to safeguard Venezuelans’ health” as it has “an ingredient that can be harmful to people,” Health Minister Jesus Mantilla, said a day earlier, according to the state news agency ABN.

A spokesperson for the company’s local affiliate says Coca-Cola Zero in Venezuela does not contain the sweetener or any other harmful ingredients, but they’re complying with the order to halt production.

Coca-Cola is a drink that has no  calories or an amount small enough to be rounded down to zero. The diet and zero versions in the US, England, and Canada both contain non-calorie sweeteners aspartame (E951) and acesulfame K (E950), but in slightly different proportions and they therefore have slightly different tastes.

Coca-Cola and Femsa began selling Coke Zero in Venezuela in April and still sells many other drinks in Venezuela, including Coca-Cola Classic, Chinoto, Frescolita and Hit.

3 Responses to “Is Coca-Cola Zero bad for our health?”

  1. Peter Smithon June 15, 2009

    I certainly think that Coca Cola Zero is better not consumed. Chavez decision is commendable and he has all my respect. Hope he bans McDonalds soon.

  2. crazy-inside June 16, 2009

    Everybody should decide for himself about the right way for living.

  3. Venezuelas coke zero has an additional additive that us/Europe coke does not. That ingredient is why it is banned.