Venezuela spits out Coke Zero
Unspecified health concerns prompt ban
Citizens of Venezuela have been deprived of the delights of Coke Zero following a government ban on its sale pending a health probe into the zero-cal beverage's ingredients.
Health Minister Jesus Mantilla declared: "The product should be withdrawn from circulation to preserve the health of Venezuelans."
Mantilla did not elaborate on just what risks Coke Zero might pose to the populace. Coca Cola insisted its product contained no harmful ingredients, and stressed: "Coca Cola Zero is made under the highest quality standards around the world and meets the sanitary requirements demanded by the laws of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela."
Coke Zero was launched in Venezuela in April. It's produced by Mexico-based bottling outfit Coca-Cola Femsa, which least year had a run-in with Venezuelan former workers who "repeatedly blocked its plants, demanding back-pay", as Reuters explains.
Hugo Chavez's government has a history of provoking the US by harrassing its mercantile tentacles. This year it "seized a rice mill and pasta factory belonging to food giant Cargill" and rattled its sabre at drug company Pfizer.
Chavez is also a great fan of nationalising local business. On 1 May he took control of the country's remaining private oil compaines, and will in June bring main telecoms operator CANTV under state control. ®
insulin, because that's a *chemical* made by *science*
Hmm there was me thinking its produced naturally by the body (unless you're diabetic)
Why not Diet Coke too?
Coke Zero is vitrtually identical to Diet Coke, but with advertising describing the drink as "calorie-free" rather than "diet", since men are said to believe that diet drinks are for girls.
"All forms of sugar are naturally occuring molecules
If it comes out of a test tube, it's probably not good for you."
And that's why arsenic and mercury which are *molecules* from *nature* are good for you, but diabetics should stay away from insulin, because that's a *chemical* made by *science* so it is bad.