Red Bull responded by saying they have always been up front with the ingredients in their Cola and that the coca leaves are used for natural flavoring and that the illegal property alkaloid is removed. They also go on to say that this type of natural flavoring is used worldwide.
Other experts have chimed in on the situation saying that the ingredients used are really not similar to cocaine as they have not been put through the intesive process needed... basically its not active... and the amounts found are so small it should not be an issues.
So because of the cocaine in Red Bull, the drink was banned in six German states, and they will be recommending a nation wide ban. Apparently it's not harmful unless you drink 12,000 liters of Red Bull Cola... Now come on, that's quite a bit of Red Bull. I have had quite a few Energy Drinks in my day but I haven't even had that many.
In my personal opinion the only thing this Red Bull Cola cocaine ban will accomplish is bringing a little attention to the lackluster product. I can just see the legend growing in middle schools now. Hey timmy, did you hear that Red Bull Cola has cocaine in it? Timmy... no way. Where do we get our hands on some of that stuff?
Ok, that might not actually be the case, but you never know. Feel free to chime in with your thoughts below in the comments section.