Watchdog Group: Pepsi Still Has Carcinogens

by William White | July 3, 2013 12:09 pm

cokepep2 Watchdog Group: Pepsi Still Has Carcinogens[1]Watchdog group The Center for Environmental Health, announced Wednesday[2] that Pepsi still contains 4-methylimidazole (4-Mel), a carcinogen.

In March, both PepsiC0 (PEP[3]) and Coca-Cola (KO[4]) said they would change their formulas nationwide to no longer include the carcinogen. The change comes after California passed a law that forces drinks with a certain level of carcinogens to have a cancer warning label, reports The Big Story.

The Center for Environmental Health commissioned Eurofins Analystical laboratory to test Coca-Cola and PepsiCo drinks from California and the rest of the country.  None of the drinks tested in California contained 4-Mel. Nine out of 10 Coca-Cola products from outside of California didn’t have 4-Mel in them, but all 10 of the PepsiCo drinks contained levels of 4-Mel that were 4 to 8 times higher than what California deems safe, reports The Big Story.

“We applaud Coke,” Michael Green, executive director of the Center for Environmental Health, told The Salt[5]. ”Pepsi’s delay is inexplicable. We urge the company to take swift action.”

PepsiCo products will no longer contain 4-Mel starting February 2014, reports The Salt.

Endnotes:
  1. [Image]: http://investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/cokepep2.jpg
  2. announced Wednesday: http://bigstory.ap.org/article/group-finds-carcinogen-pepsi-products
  3. PEP: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=PEP
  4. KO: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=KO
  5. The Salt: http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2013/07/03/198040172/coke-changed-caramel-color-to-avoid-cancer-warning-pepsi-in-transition

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