By Tyler Sutherland
The Venezuelan government banned Coke Zero from the country this week. President Hugo Chavez said the drink contains health risks to the general population and should be pulled from the store shelves immediately. He did not specify what health risks, if any, pose the risk.
Coca-Cola’s Venezuelan operation put out a statement saying that Coke Zero “doesn’t have any components that can be harmful to people’s health,” but began pulling the drinks on Thursday.
Coca-Cola Co. introduced the zero calorie beverage into Venezuela in April, which has been popular in the South American nation ever since. Other Coke products, such as original Coca-Cola and Diet Coke remain available for sale and consumption.