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Why Venezuela Banned Coke Zero

June 14, 2009 3:28 AM | News

By Tyler Sutherland

Coke ZeroOn Friday we reported that Venezuela had banned Coke Zero from the country — now we know why.

Officials claim the drink contains an artificial sweetener called sodium cyclamate. Coca-Cola Co. shot back at that claim, saying the product sold in Venezuela uses different artificial sweeteners, Acesulfame-K and Aspartame.

The company continues to dispute that their product is harmful to anyone’s health, but is respecting Venezuela’s ban.