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Traces of Cocaine Found in Red Bull Cola Energy Drink

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Red Bull Cocaine

According to Forbes.com the FDA of Jordan and German courts banned the sale of Red Bull Cola energy drink after a study showed minute traces of cocaine in the beverage. The Study was released by the German based, Nordrhein-Westfalen Institute of Health and Work, last month.

The Examiner.com also reported that Austrian authorities confirmed the allegation when they too found traces of cocaine in Red Bull Cola. The exact amount found was 0.4 micrograms of cocaine per liter. The Examiner article paraphrased Austrian health ministry spokeswoman, Sigrid Rosenberger, and noted the amount of cocaine is around the “lowest detectable levels” and “poses no real health risk.”

Nonetheless, Red Bull of Santa Monica California is defending their cola energy drink. Red Bull cited that cocoa leaf extract is used for flavoring but the alkaloid is removed during the process; it is the active chemical in the drug, cocaine.

The legal standard calls for de-alkalization before cocoa leaf products can be shipped from the Andean region where they’re manufactured. Red Bull also cited that their own tests have never shown traces of cocaine in the Cola energy drink line.