The war against the periodic chart continues — now its bromine.
“The petition on Change.org noted that the ingredient, brominated vegetable oil, has been patented as a flame retardant and is banned in Japan and the European Union. It had more than 200,000 supporters Friday.
For Gatorade, Carter said the ingredient is used as an “emulsifier,” meaning it distributes flavoring evenly so that it doesn’t collect at the surface. She said it was used only in select varieties including orange and “citrus cooler.” Other drinks that use brominated vegetable oil, or BVO, include Coca-Cola’s Fanta and PepsiCo’s Mountain Dew. A spokesman for competitor Dr Pepper Snapple Group was not available to comment on whether the ingredient is used in any of its drinks.”