The Center for Science in the Public Interest says its testing has found "high levels" of an animal carcinogen, 4-methylimidazole, in Coca-Cola and Pepsi cola drinks. The chemical is a result of the process used to give the colas -- including the diet versions -- their caramel coloring. The bottom line here is that drinking Coke or Pepsi could cause cancer -- if you were to drink about 1,000 cans a day. However, when Coke and cancer are in the same sentence, the industry is going to react.
As such, Coca Cola and Pepsi are changing the way they make the caramel coloring used in their sodas as a result of a California law that mandates drinks containing a certain level of carcinogens bear a cancer warning label. California regulations require that a product have a warning if the level of the chemical is above 29-micrograms. The sodas had about 145 micrograms of the stuff in a 12-ounce can. The companies said the changes would be expanded nationally to streamline their manufacturing processes. They've already been made for drinks sold in California.
The Center for Science in the Public Interest, a consumer advocacy group, in February filed a petition with the FDA to ban the use of ammonia-sulfite caramel coloring. As for the cancer concerns, the FDA confirmed that a consumer would have to drink more than 1,000 cans of soda a day to reach the doses administered that have shown links to cancer in rodents. (LA Times)
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