Red Bull high on cocaine, says German Govt
The German states of Hesse and North-Rhine Westphalia have banned the sale of Red Bull after finding traces of cocaine during tests.
Levels of the chemical were not high enough to pose a health risk, but require the drink to be reclassified as a narcotic under German law. A nationwide ban is likely to follow.
The manufacturer of Red Bull has rejected the ban as baseless, claiming that the “de-cocainized (sic) extract of coca leaf is used worldwide in foods as a natural flavouring", and pointed out that coca leaf extract is considered safe for use as an additive within the Eurpean Union and the United States.