Red Bull “gives you wings”?

I learn, from no lesser source than the online Belfast Telegraph that the European Court of Justice has decided in principle that the French government has a right to ban the energy drink Red Bull.

The article states that a study by the French Scientific Committee on Human Nutrition concluded Red Bull contained excessive caffeine. It also raised concerns about taurine and glucuronolactone.

It continues: “The European Commission’s Scientific Committee on Food conducted a study last year, and found that while caffeine levels in energy drinks were safe, more studies were needed to assess the dangers of taurine and glucuronolactone. While other toxicology experts had concluded that the caffeine levels in Red Bull are safe, France had a right to ban the drink on the advice of its own experts, the court said.”

“The fizzy drink has been linked to several deaths and some experts have criticised its high levels of caffeine and other stimulants.”

The advertising claim that Red Bull “gives you wings” was presumably not intended to refer to angelic wings.

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