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Fact check: Energy drinks don’t contain illicit drugs but may spur false positive test

If you decide to have an alcoholic drink, limiting yourself to one a day is best — whether you’re a man or woman. That’s the new advice experts are recommending for the updated U.S. Dietary Guidelines. (July 16) AP Domestic

The claim: Red Bull causes a false positive result on drug tests

A 2019 Facebook post shows a picture of a urine drug test and claims that the energy drink Red Bull tests positive for the stimulant methamphetamine and opioids oxycodone and Suboxone, while the energy drink Bang tests positive for recreational drug ecstasy. The post alludes to the instance of a false positive, which occurs when a test shows the presence of a substance that a person has not actually used.

There are several anecdotal reports of Red Bull producing a false positive result on drug tests, including the story of a musician in Switzerland who tested positive for amphetamine in 2017, allegedly due to excessive consumption of the energy drink.

“Red Bull products are NSF Certified for Sport, meaning our products are tested for 270 athletic banned substances from the WADA, NFL and MLB prohibited substances list,” said Erin Mand, Red Bull’s director of corporate communications, in an email.

USA TODAY has also reached out to Bang for comment on the Facebook post.

While Red Bull does not contain any of the substances that drug tests screen for, the nature of certain urine drug tests is why a false positive result may occur.

How drug tests work

Drug testing gained national attention during President Richard Nixon’s campaign against drugs in the late 1960s, inspiring creation of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s precursor, the Office for Drug Abuse and Law Enforcement. Drug policy would continue to take shape under subsequent administrations, leading to the drug laws and efforts at criminal justice reform that exist today.

Drug tests can vary widely depending on the drugs being tested and specimen types collected, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. The Facebook post pictures a urine drug test, a tool commonly used to monitor medication compliance, detect drug abuse or for employment screening purposes. Aside from urine, other biological samples such as hair, saliva or sweat may also be collected. Urine drug tests, however, are considered the gold standard given ease in collection, low testing cost and ability to detect recent drug use.

Despite the pros, the underlying methodology of the urine drug test — which uses immune system molecules called antibodies (also known as an immunoassay) — can be why a test returns a false positive for energy drinks, said Dr. Peter Chai, an emergency medicine physician specializing in toxicology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.

“A lot of these energy drinks have some sort of caffeine in it, and then they have essential amino acids,” he said. “You’re not testing for the actual drug, you’re testing for a structure within the molecular composition of the drug. That’s how these tests commonly get fooled. There’s not amphetamine in the energy drink, but one of these amino acids may mimic the structure and so (the test) is just going to become positive if it detects a similar structure.”

Chai said that because there are a lot of potential things that can go wrong with an immunoassay that would lead to a positive result, laboratories could then conduct a follow-up confirmatory test to determine the identity of the actual drug.

There may be another culprit behind the false positive. There have been reports of riboflavin being mistaken for marijuana according to an article in Missouri Medicine, the journal of the Missouri State Medical Association. Riboflavin is a form of vitamin B naturally present in some foods and exists as an additive in Red Bull, which contains 1.47 mg per serving.

The post depicts an invalid test

While Red Bull may cause a false positive, the post shows the results of pure Red Bull poured into the container, rather than a urine sample of someone who has consumed the energy drink.

“Pure Red Bull is going to have a different pH and a different acidity than actual urine,” Chai said. “When you drink it, your body metabolizes and breaks down its compounds, and then when you urinate, you have a different compound. You’re looking at fundamentally different things. So, I don’t think that’s a valid test.”

Our ruling: Partly false

We rate this claim PARTLY FALSE, based on our research. It is true there is a possibility that the urine of a person who consumed Red Bull or another energy drink can falsely test positive on an immunoassay drug test if the amino acids found in the drink mimic the structure of a certain drug. However, the post is misleading because it shows test results of the energy drink poured into the container rather than a urine sample of a person who has consumed and metabolized the drink. Therefore, the results are not valid.

Our fact-check sources:

  • World Radio Switzerland, “Musician tests positive for drugs – but it’s too much Red Bull”
  • Vox, “The war on drugs, explained”
  • Quest Diagnostics, “Ask the experts: The history of drug testing”
  • SAMHSA, “Drug Testing”
  • Federal Practitioner, “A Practical Guide to Urine Drug Monitoring”
  • Medical News Today, “What to know about urine drug screening”
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “Urine Drug Testing”
  • University of Rochester Medical Center, “Red Bull Nutrition Facts”
  • Red Bull Ingredients
  • Missouri Medicine, “Buyer Beware: Pitfalls in Toxicology Laboratory Testing”
  • NIH Office of Dietary Supplements, “Riboflavin”

Our fact check work is supported in part by a grant from Facebook.

While a claim is misleading and does not depict a valid urine drug test, there is a possibility that energy drinks can lead to false positive results.

Cannabis energy drink drug test

Cannabis Energy Drink is currently available in the USA, the Netherlands, the UK, Spain, Portugal, Belgium, Germany, Switzerland and Bulgaria. Cannabis Energy Drink will soon also be available in Mexico, Canada, some African countries and some Asian countries.

Where is Cannabis Energy Drink produced?

In Austria. There are three locations in the world where premium quality energy drinks are produced and Austria is one of them. Incidentally, the ingredients of the various premium quality energy drinks or power drinks barely differ.

Does Cannabis Energy Drink give you a boost?

Absolutely. It is an energy drink that apart from caffeine, taurine and sugars contains a Hemp Seed Extract to give you just that little extra. Besides. It tastes good!

Are there any chemicals added to Cannabis Energy Drink?

No. Cannabis Energy Drink contains ingredients such as Hemp Seed Extract. It does contain ingredients that are synthetically produced but they are like their natural counterparts.

Is the Hemp Seed Extract good for you and how much is it?

The Cannabis Sativa plant grows without the need of it being treated with pesticides. The part of the plant that does not contain the element THC is the part from which the Hemp Seed Extract is being harvested. It contains important vitamins and minerals that are essential for a healthy life. Hemp oil contains 57% linoleic acid (LA) and 19% linoleic acid (LNA). That is exactly the ratio that doctors advice for a healthy diet. It helps the body fight problems such as obesities, diabetes, high cholesterol and high blood pressure. Linoleic acid (LA) and linoleic acid (LNA) are substances he body doesn’t produce, but have to be obtained through food or drinks. One 250 ml (8.4 fl. Oz.) can of Cannabis Energy Drink contains 50mg of Hemp Seed Extract. Cannabis Energy Drink does not contain any THC or other psychoactive substances.

Does Cannabis Energy Drink contain any illegal substances?

Absolutely not. If you were to translate ‘Cannabis Sativa’ from Latin you would learn that it loosely translates in something like “useful hemp.” The confusion (and concern) can be attributed to the fact that hemp seeds / oil is derived from the Cannabis Sativa plant, which is linked to marihuana. Marihuana contains large amounts of THC. The amounts of THC in hemp seeds and oil are so small that they can be considered non- measurable.

Is Cannabis Energy Drink legal?

Absolutely! Although in 2001 the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) announced a worldwide embargo on selling all foodstuffs based on hemp and oils, this decision was reversed in 2004 after a successful appeal to the ninth US Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco , CA. A product that contains a hemp seed extract must have a THC count of 10ppb (parts per billion) or less. This is such a small amount that it is considered non -measurable.

What effects does drinking Cannabis Energy Drink have?

Cannabis Energy Drink was developed for those who want to have a clear and focused mind and live an active and fun lifestyle. It can be consumed whenever you are in need of energy whilst working, driving or during sportive and leisure activities. The functional benefits per can:

  • It helps improve CONCENTRATION
  • It helps increase ALERTNESS
  • Contributes to normal MENTAL PERFORMANCE
  • Contributes to the REDUCTION OF FATIGUE

Are there studies on the actual benefits of Cannabis Energy Drink?

The European Food Safety Authority confirmed the positive health effects related to the ingredients of Cannabis Energy Drink (the Hemp Seed Extract, caffeine and B- complex vitamins). Cannabis Energy Drink provides various benefits especially in times of increased performance.

When should Cannabis Energy Drink be consumed?

Anytime you need to perform either physically or mentally Cannabis Energy Drink can be consumed. Nutrition experts agree that it is important to consume foods and beverages from many different sources and always in moderation. It almost goes without say that this is also true for Cannabis Energy Drink. It should be part of a balanced, varied diet combined with a healthy lifestyle.

When should Cannabis Energy Drink be consumed during sports?

Cannabis Energy Drink is not a thirst quencher. When consuming Cannabis Energy Drink during sporting activities varies depending on the athlete and the sport. It can be consumed before, during or after activities in combination with water since Cannabis Energy Drink has not been formulated to deliver re-hydration.

Is Cannabis Energy Drink safe?

One 250 ml (8.4 fl. Oz.) can of Cannabis Energy Drink contains about the same amount of caffeine as a cup of coffee (80 mg). With regards to the other key ingredients the European Food Safety Authority concluded in 2009 that these are of no health concerns.

Is it safe to drink Cannabis Energy Drink with alcohol ?

The UK Committee on Toxicity (COT) statement from December 2012 conclude that “the current balance of evidence does not support a harmful toxicological or behavioral interaction between caffeine and alcohol”. There is no indication that Cannabis Energy Drink has any specific effect related to alcohol consumption.

Can you drink too much of Cannabis Energy Drink?

One 250 ml (8.4 fl. Oz.) can of Cannabis Energy Drink contains about the same amount of caffeine as a cup of coffee (80 mg). Many authorities around the world have looked at the effects of caffeine. Health Canada scientists conducted an extensive review of the scientific literature on caffeine. Based on this review, they concluded that the general population of healthy adults is not at risk for potential adverse effects from caffeine if they limit their consumption to 400 mg per day. However, Health Canada recommends for pregnant women to limit their daily intake of caffeine to 300 mg. Nutrition experts agree that it is important to consume foods and beverages from many different sources and always in moderation. It almost goes without say that this is also true for Cannabis Energy Drink. It should be part of a balanced, varied diet combined with a healthy.

Who should limit their consumption or abstain from drinking Cannabis Energy Drink?

All people are different therefore the daily consumption of Cannabis Energy Drink should depend on a person’s acceptance level of caffeine. We do not recommend Cannabis Energy Drink to children and caffeine-sensitive individuals. One 250 ml can of Cannabis Energy Drink contains about the same amount of caffeine as a cup of coffee, which is 80 mg. Medical doctors generally advise women to reduce their caffeine consumption during pregnancy and lactation. Therefore, we advise pregnant women and breastfeeding mothers to limit their intake of caffeine and therefore limit their consumption of Cannabis Energy Drink. Some people are sensitive to caffeine. Due to the caffeine content of Cannabis Energy Drink, caffeine-sensitive people should abstain from drinking Cannabis Energy Drink.

Due to its caffeine content – can Cannabis Energy Drink cause Dehydration?

No. Cannabis Energy Drink cannot lead to dehydration. It contains the same amount of caffeine as one normal cup of coffee (80mg); no other Cannabis Energy Drink Ingredient has a dehydrating effect. Cannabis Energy Drink however has not been designed to have a re-hydrating effect. Therefore, enough water should be consumed during intense exercise.

Is caffeine and therefore Cannabis Energy Drink a banned substance for professional sports people?

Cannabis Energy Drink does not contain any drugs or doping substances and it is therefore not banned for consumption by professional sports people. In January 2004, the World Anti Doping Agency (WADA) removed caffeine from the list of doping substances. The International Olympics Committee (IOC) agreed to this decision.

Does caffeine have any undesired effects on the human body?

One 250 ml (8.4 fl. Oz.) can of Cannabis Energy Drink contains about the same amount of caffeine as a cup of coffee (80 mg). Many authorities around the world have looked at the effects of caffeine. Health Canada scientists conducted an extensive review of the scientific literature on caffeine. Based on this review, they concluded that the general population of healthy adults is not at risk for potential adverse effects from caffeine if they limit their consumption to 400 mg per day. However, Health Canada recommends for pregnant women to limit their daily intake of caffeine to 300 mg. Nutrition experts agree that it is important to consume foods and beverages from many different sources and always in moderation. It almost goes without say that this is also true for Cannabis Energy Drink. It should be part of a balanced, varied diet combined with a healthy.

How are the ingredients of Cannabis Energy Drink produced?

All ingredients comply with food regulatory requirements or even pharmaceutical standards. The sugar is produced from sugar beet. Key ingredients such as taurine, caffeine and vitamins are synthetically produced which guarantees high and constant quality and are as functional as their natural counterparts.

Where does the water in Cannabis Energy Drink come from?

To ensure the same premium quality around the world, Cannabis Energy Drink’s production sites are located in the Austrian Alps. The water comes from the nearby springs, which deliver fresh Alpine water of the best quality. The Alps are one of the world’s biggest water reservoirs, which are constantly replenished.

Does Cannabis Energy Drink contain any preservatives?

No, Cannabis Energy Drink does not contain any preservatives. To ensure premium, long lasting quality, Cannabis Energy Drink is pasteurized.

Is Cannabis Energy Drink suitable for vegetarians?

Yes, Cannabis Energy Drink is suitable for vegetarians. It does not contain any animal products or substances derived from animals.

Is Cannabis Energy Drink gluten free, vegan, wheat free, lactose free, dairy free?

Yes, Cannabis Energy Drink is gluten free, vegan, wheat free, lactose free and dairy free!

Doesn’t Cannabis Energy Drink contribute to the obesity issue?

Nutrition experts agree that it is important to consume foods and beverages from many different sources and always in moderation. It almost goes without say that this is also true for Cannabis Energy Drink. It should be part of a balanced, varied diet combined with a healthy lifestyle. Cannabis Energy Drink was developed for those who want to have a clear and focused mind and live an active and fun lifestyle. It can be consumed whenever you are in need of energy whilst working, driving or during sportive and leisure activities. For those who wish to have these benefits without sugar, there is Cannabis Light Drink.

What are the nutrition facts of Cannabis Energy Drink?

Nutrition information per 100 ml

  • Energy 192 kJ (45 kcal)
  • Protein 0 g
  • Carbohydrates 11 g of which Sugars 11 g
  • Fat 0 g of which Saturates 0 g
  • Fiber 0 g
  • Sodium 0.04 g

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Where can one buy Cannabis Light Drink?

Cannabis Light Drink is currently available in the USA, the Netherlands, the UK, Spain, Portugal, Belgium, Germany, Switzerland and Bulgaria. Cannabis Light Drink will soon also be available in Mexico, Canada, some African countries and some Asian countries.

Where is Cannabis Light Drink produced?

In Austria. There are three locations in the world where premium quality energy drinks are produced and Austria is one of them. Incidentally, the ingredients of the various premium quality energy drinks or power drinks barely differ.

Does Cannabis Light Drink give you a boost?

Absolutely. It is an energy drink that apart from caffeine, taurine and sugars contains a Hemp Seed Extract to give you just that little extra. Besides. It tastes good!

Are there any chemicals added to Cannabis Light Drink?

No. Cannabis Light Drink contains ingredients such as Hemp Seed Extract. It does contain ingredients that are synthetically produced but they are like their natural counterparts.

Is the Hemp Seed Extract good for you and how much is it?

The Cannabis Sativa plant grows without the need of it being treated with pesticides. The part of the plant that does not contain the element THC is the part from which the Hemp Seed Extract is being harvested. It contains important vitamins and minerals that are essential for a healthy life. Hemp oil contains 57% linoleic acid (LA) and 19% linoleic acid (LNA). That is exactly the ratio that doctors advice for a healthy diet. It helps the body fight problems such as obesities, diabetes, high cholesterol and high blood pressure. Linoleic acid (LA) and linoleic acid (LNA) are substances he body doesn’t produce, but have to be obtained through food or drinks. One 250 ml (8.4 fl. Oz.) can of Cannabis Energy Drink contains 50mg of Hemp Seed Extract. Cannabis Light Drink does not contain any THC or other psychoactive substances.

Does Cannabis Light Drink contain any illegal substances?

Absolutely not. If you were to translate ‘Cannabis Sativa’ from Latin you would learn that it loosely translates in something like “useful hemp.” The confusion (and concern) can be attributed to the fact that hemp seeds / oil is derived from the Cannabis Sativa plant, which is linked to marihuana. Marihuana contains large amounts of THC. The amounts of THC in hemp seeds and oil are so small that they can be considered non- measurable.

Is Cannabis Light Drink legal?

Absolutely! Although in 2001 the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) announced a worldwide embargo on selling all foodstuffs based on hemp and oils, this decision was reversed in 2004 after a successful appeal to the ninth US Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco , CA. A product that contains a hemp seed extract must have a THC count of 10ppb (parts per billion) or less. This is such a small amount that it is considered non -measurable.

What effects does drinking Cannabis Light Drink have?

Cannabis Light Drink was developed for those who want to have a clear and focused mind and live an active and fun lifestyle. It can be consumed whenever you are in need of energy whilst working, driving or during sportive and leisure activities. The functional benefits per can:

  • It helps improve CONCENTRATION
  • It helps increase ALERTNESS
  • Contributes to normal MENTAL PERFORMANCE
  • Contributes to the REDUCTION OF FA TIGUE

Are there studies on the actual benefits of Cannabis Light Drink?

The European Food Safety Authority confirmed the positive health effects related to the ingredients of Cannabis Light Drink (the Hemp Seed Extract, caffeine and B- complex vitamins). Cannabis Light Drink provides various benefits especially in times of increased performance.

When should Cannabis Light Drink be consumed?

Anytime you need to perform either physically or mentally Cannabis Light Drink can be consumed. Nutrition experts agree that it is important to consume foods and beverages from many different sources and always in moderation. It almost goes without say that this is also true for Cannabis Light Drink. It should be part of a balanced, varied diet combined with a healthy lifestyle.

When should Cannabis Light Drink be consumed during sports?

Cannabis Light Drink is not a thirst quencher. When consuming Cannabis Light Drink during sporting activities varies depending on the athlete and the sport. It can be consumed before, during or after activities in combination with water since Cannabis Energy Drink has not been formulated to deliver re-hydration.

Is Cannabis Light Drink safe?

One 250 ml (8.4 fl. Oz.) can of Cannabis Light Drink contains about the same amount of caffeine as a cup of coffee (80 mg). With regards to the other key ingredients the European Food Safety Authority concluded in 2009 that these are of no health concerns.

Is it safe to drink Cannabis Light Drink with alcohol ?

The UK Committee on Toxicity (COT) statement from December 2012 conclude that “the current balance of evidence does not support a harmful toxicological or behavioral interaction between caffeine and alcohol”. There is no indication that Cannabis Light Drink has any specific effect related to alcohol consumption.

Can you drink too much of Cannabis Light Drink?

One 250 ml (8.4 fl. Oz.) can of Cannabis Light Drink contains about the same amount of caffeine as a cup of coffee (80 mg). Many authorities around the world have looked at the effects of caffeine. Health Canada scientists conducted an extensive review of the scientific literature on caffeine. Based on this review, they concluded that the general population of healthy adults is not at risk for potential adverse effects from caffeine if they limit their consumption to 400 mg per day. However, Health Canada recommends for pregnant women to limit their daily intake of caffeine to 300 mg. Nutrition experts agree that it is important to consume foods and beverages from many different sources and always in moderation. It almost goes without say that this is also true for Cannabis Light Drink. It should be part of a balanced, varied diet combined with a healthy.

Who should limit their consumption or abstain from drinking Cannabis Light Drink?

All people are different therefore the daily consumption of Cannabis Light Drink should depend on a person’s acceptance level of caffeine. We do not recommend Cannabis Light Drink to children and caffeine-sensitive individuals. One 250 ml can of Cannabis Light Drink contains about the same amount of caffeine as a cup of coffee, which is 80 mg. Medical doctors generally advise women to reduce their caffeine consumption during pregnancy and lactation. Therefore, we advise pregnant women and breastfeeding mothers to limit their intake of caffeine and therefore limit their consumption of Cannabis Light Drink. Some people are sensitive to caffeine. Due to the caffeine content of Cannabis Light Drink, caffeine-sensitive people should abstain from drinking Cannabis Light Drink.

Due to its caffeine content – can Cannabis Light Drink cause Dehydration?

No. Cannabis Light Drink cannot lead to dehydration. It contains the same amount of caffeine as one normal cup of coffee (80mg); no other Cannabis Light Drink Ingredient has a dehydrating effect. Cannabis Light Drink however has not been designed to have a re-hydrating effect. Therefore, enough water should be consumed during intense exercise.

Is caffeine and therefore Cannabis Light Drink a banned substance for professional sports people?

Cannabis Light Drink does not contain any drugs or doping substances and it is therefore not banned for consumption by professional sports people. In January 2004, the World Anti Doping Agency (WADA) removed caffeine from the list of doping substances. The International Olympics Committee (IOC) agreed to this decision.

Does caffeine have any undesired effects on the human body?

One 250 ml (8.4 fl. Oz.) can of Cannabis Light Drink contains about the same amount of caffeine as a cup of coffee (80 mg). Many authorities around the world have looked at the effects of caffeine. Health Canada scientists conducted an extensive review of the scientific literature on caffeine. Based on this review, they concluded that the general population of healthy adults is not at risk for potential adverse effects from caffeine if they limit their consumption to 400 mg per day. However, Health Canada recommends for pregnant women to limit their daily intake of caffeine to 300 mg. Nutrition experts agree that it is important to consume foods and beverages from many different sources and always in moderation. It almost goes without say that this is also true for Cannabis Energy Drink. It should be part of a balanced, varied diet combined with a healthy.

How are the ingredients of Cannabis Light Drink produced?

All ingredients comply with food regulatory requirements or even pharmaceutical standards.

Key ingredients such as taurine, caffeine and vitamins are synthetically produced which guarantees high and constant quality and are as functional as their natural counterparts.

Where does the water in Cannabis Light Drink come from?

To ensure the same premium quality around the world, Cannabis Light Drink’s production sites are located in the Austrian Alps. The water comes from the nearby springs, which deliver fresh Alpine water of the best quality. The Alps are one of the world’s biggest water reservoirs, which are constantly replenished.

Does Cannabis Light Drink contain any preservatives?

No, Cannabis Light Drink does not contain any preservatives. To ensure premium, long lasting quality, Cannabis Light Drink is pasteurized.

Is Cannabis Light Drink suitable for vegetarians?

Yes, Cannabis Light Drink is suitable for vegetarians. It does not contain any animal products or substances derived from animals.

Is Cannabis Light Drink gluten free, vegan, wheat free, lactose free, dairy free?

Yes, Cannabis Light Drink is gluten free, vegan, wheat free, lactose free and dairy free!

Doesn’t Cannabis Light Drink contribute to the obesity issue?

Nutrition experts agree that it is important to consume foods and beverages from many different sources and always in moderation. It almost goes without say that this is also true for Cannabis Light Drink. It should be part of a balanced, varied diet combined with a healthy lifestyle. Cannabis Light Drink was developed for those who want to have a clear and focused mind and live an active and fun lifestyle. It can be consumed whenever you are in need of energy whilst working, driving or during sportive and leisure activities. For those who wish to have these benefits without sugar, there is Cannabis Light Drink.

What is Cannabis Light Drink?

Cannabis Light Drink is like the Cannabis Energy Drink but without sugar. Aspartame and Acesulfame K. are the sweeteners that have replace the sugars sucrose and glucose. Cannabis Light Drink contains key ingredients (caffeine and B-group vitamins) that help improve concentration and contribute to the reduction of fatigue. Over 30% of all soft-drink products consumed in the world today are of the sugar-free/diet variety.

Why were the sweeteners, Aspartame and Acesulfame K, chosen to replace the sugars in Cannabis Light Drink?

Aspartame and Acesulfame K are among the most-tested and most-used sugar substitutes in the world with an excellent safety profile. Scientific studies demonstrate that these substances are safe for use as sweetening ingredients. The safety of these sweeteners has been evaluated by regulatory bodies all over the world (of which one is the US Food and Drug Administration, FDA and another is the European Food Safety Authority, EFSA).

Can you elaborate on these sweeteners?

Aspartame is a low-calorie sweetener. It is produced synthetically and is used worldwide in thousands of different products (soft drinks, yoghurts, candy, chewing gum, etc.) and has been for many years. Acesulfame K is a non-caloric sweetener. It is used worldwide in more than a thousand different products (chewing gum, dairy products, baked goods, etc.).

What are the nutrition facts of Cannabis Light Drink?

Nutrition information per 100ml

  • Energy 14 kJ (3 kcal)
  • Protein

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