Red Bull in Vietnam has no illegal additives: Health ministry

TN News

Email Print

Vietnamese food safety authorities affirmed on Wednesday that Red Bull sold at local markets is safe, as the energy drink was pulled from the shelves in China amid fears of unauthorized additives.

The Food Safety and Hygiene Department under Vietnam's Health Ministry said the department had random samples of the drink tested and the results matched the producer's registration with the Vietnamese government.

Red Bull Vietnam had also attempted to calm the local public over the incident in China.

In a statement to local media Wednesday, Chanachai Earsakul, general director of Red Bull's Vietnamese branch, said all the company's products have been produced domestically since 2000, with ingredients and additives strictly abiding to Vietnam's health safety requirements, the news website VnExpress reported.

Sales of the beverage in Vietnam were stable as of Wednesday.

Many supermarkets in China started removing Red Bull from their shelves after local media claims that the drink contained additives such as sodium benzoate, sodium citrate and food coloring, which had not been registered with state authorities.

But the Chinese National Food Quality Supervision and Inspection Center quickly announced that checks of Red Bull samples proved the product did in fact meet national standards, according to a report posted on the agency's website.

In 2009, officials from Hong Kong and Taiwan also provoked fears over Red Bull in Vietnam after claiming to have found traces of cocaine in cans of the drink imported from Austria and Germany.

Red Bull Vietnam at that time said the products in Vietnam were completely safe, while health inspectors emphasized they found no imported cans of the drink in Vietnam.

Like us on Facebook and scroll down to share your comment

More Health News