“If companies like Coca Cola and Pepsi believe that caving in this time to government mandates based on junk science will prevent similar actions from occurring in the future, they are badly mistaken. Negotiating with one’s enemies only emboldens them to torment you further.”
Former Georgia Congressman Bob Barr writes at the Daily Caller:
Now, thanks not to market forces but to action undertaken by the State of California — the land of fruit, nuts and overzealous nanny-staters — Coca-Cola and Pepsi, its largest competitor, have been pressured to make changes to their soft drink formulas to avoid a new, punitive regulation. Regulators in the Golden State have decided that if the companies don’t change their soft drink formulas, they’ll have to label their drinks as “cancer-causing.”
Regulators have the authority to impose the labeling requirement thanks to Proposition 65, which was passed by California voters in 1986 and has been used as a regulatory hammer ever since. The regulations promulgated pursuant to Prop 65 require that any product containing certain chemicals and ingredients that are deemed to be carcinogens must contain a “clear and reasonable” warning that it “contains a chemical known to the State of California to cause cancer.”
Last October, bureaucrats in the state added 4-methylimidazole, or 4-MI, to the list of potentially dangerous chemicals. Soft drink companies have long used 4-MI to give drinks a caramel coloring.
Bureaucrats reportedly decided to add 4-MI to the list of potentially dangerous chemicals based on the results of a single study, which found that animals exposed to extremely high levels of the chemical developed cancer. The California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment, not wishing to consider any research in conflict with its own, dismissed another, two-year study of 4-MI which found that the chemical didn’t cause rats or mice to develop cancer…