Still, Pepsi-Cola happens to be using the caramel coloring that contains the chemical that’s linked to cancer with the rodents, report released over Wednesday showed, over one year after beverage maker did promise to have it phased out.
According to Center for Environmental Health, PepsiCo Inc. did lag the rival Coca-Cola while removing chemical known as 4-methylimidazole or even 4-MEI.
Pepsi and Coke said during March 2012 they’d change production of caramel coloring that’s used in the namesake colas for avoiding need of labeling packages with cancer warning and then a ballot initiative of California aimed for limiting exposure of people to the toxic chemicals.
In this spring, samples of Pepsi and Coke bought from California as well as other ten states were tested by CEH. The findings didn’t show any 4-MI within any soda that’s from California. CEH said that in samples from other states, 9 of ten drinks of Coke had very little or even no chemical, though all Pepsi samples had it.
The executive director of CEH, Michael Green said, “Delay in Pepsi is strange. We need the organization to take quick action to offer all Americans with the same harmless items they are selling in California.”
As a response, PepsiCo told modification for rest of US will be competed till February 2014. Also, it said that it is undertaking this effort globally, though the regulators in US, Canada and Europe consider this chemical to be safe.
The 4-MI sky-rocketing levels are linked with the cancer found in animals. Last year, it got added to the list of the chemicals that’s covered by Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986 of California, also called Proposition 65.
It was said by Coke that it modified the sodas first for California so that they wouldn’t need to carry any warning. Though, since it doesn’t make any sense of having separate products’ inventories, it did start to use for the US markets that are beyond California, the modified caramel.
Food &Drug Management of US said the previous year that person would’ve to drink much over 1000 soda cans each day in order to reach doses administered within studies which have shown the links to the cancer found in rodents.