By: Matthew Cordell on June 11, 2009 I had MSNBC on mute and glanced over to see a headline, “Coke Zero Banned in Venezuela.” I couldn’t resist. Yes, it’s true. As the Health Minister said, “The product should be withdrawn from circulation to preserve the health of Venezuelans.” What strikes me as odd is that they banned Coke Zero, not regular Coke. I wouldn’t say that Coke is dangerous (I don’t care to tangle with Coke’s lawyers), but I do recall it chewing through some nails in science class. Perhaps those corn syrup commercials are really effective in Venezuela. Or maybe it was just lost in translation, zero coke(aine)?