Elke nou en dan gryp ons maar ‘n ou ietsie om ons deur die dag te kry. Koffie, Grandpa, Redbull. Dit hang net af wat jy die vorige aand “geneem” het om jou deur die aand te kry! Jy gebruik dalk dwelms sonder dat jy dit weet.
‘The institute examined Red Bull Cola in an elaborate chemical process and found traces of cocaine,’ said Bernhard Kuehnle, head of the food safety department at the federal ministry for consumer protection.Authorities said the cocaine levels do not pose a health threat but are not permitted in foodstuffs.The investigation found the drink to contain a de-cocainized extract of coca leaf in the drink.That means the drink cannot be classified as a foodstuff but as a narcotic and needs a special licence, authorities said.Giant German retail group Rewe had already issued orders to remove the fizzy drink from its shops. Wilhelm Deitermann, spokesman for the North-Rhine Westphalia consumer ministry said he expected most – if not all – other German states to follow suit and ban the drink.
Red Bull Cola has protested the action. ‘De-cocainized extract of coca leaf is used worldwide in foods as a natural flavouring,’ said a spokesman.The company added that Red Bull Cola as well as other food that contains coca leaf extract is considered safe in the EU as well as in the US.The more popular Red Bull, dubbed the ‘clubbers’ drink,’ is often mixed with vodka. It contains caffeine, vitamins, and sugar which, the company claims, kick-starts the body’s metabolism and keeps people alert.