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Red Bull beverage sold again in supermarkets

RED Bull energy drinks reappeared on supermarket shelves in Shanghai after the country's food safety watchdog ruled the drinks are safe on Saturday.

Retailers removed Red Bull products from their shelves last Friday after it was reported that drinks contained some ingredients that are found in A-class medicine for psychiatric treatment.

Most of the voluntary sales suspension was called off after the Harbin City Food and Drug Administration in northeast Heilongjiang Province, which first expressed doubts over the drink's safety, and the State Food and Drug Administration, clarified separately on Saturday that Red Bull products do not contain any illegal additives and all its ingredients have been officially registered.

The false alarm was caused by a partial disclosure of the drink's original registration paper. Full ingredient disclosure is required only after 2005 but no renewed Red Bull registration paper can be found on the watchdog's website.

The Harbin food and drug administration said it is still investigating the Red Bull case and will release the result to the public.


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