China Bans People from Drinking “The Vampire Diaries Drink”

"The Vampire Diaries" Screening - Comic-Con International 2012

Although The Vampire Diaries doesn’t return to The CW till October for its very much anticipated sixth season, the series is still making headlines in China, where the government has banned fruit drinks that look like the blood bags the the characters in The Vampire Diaries drink from. This new type of drink, which China is simply referring to as “The Vampire Diaries drink,” is very popular with the show’s fans and other vampire show lovers out there.

According to The Wall Street Journal, the China Food and Drug Administration (CFDA) has warned customers to avoid buying “The Vampire Diaries drink” and all drinks that have any “vampire” association. Additionally, the CFDA has banned all products packaged in fake blood bags.

The main issue that the CFDA appears to have with these items is that their labels are only in English and that these drinks also do not have the official permits that allow for them to be sold in China. The CFDA also believes that these products are violating the “social integrity and moral principles” of Chinese citizens.

While The Vampire Diaries characters do drink out blood bags quite frequently on the show, I’m surprised these types of fruit drinks are causing issues in China while I haven’t heard of any problems with the Tru Blood fruit drinks that have been inspired by HBO’s True Blood. Apparently, when it comes down to which show is more popular in China, Damon and Stefan Salvatore beat out Eric Northman and Bill Compton.

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Chris is the Managing Editor of TVOvermind. A graduate of Saint Joseph's University in Philadelphia, where he majored in English and Film, he has been writing for TVOvermind for over two years and has written about several different television shows, such as New Girl, Breaking Bad, Glee, and Homeland. Contact him through Twitter (@ckinger13) or email (chris@tvovermind.com).
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