Coke and Pepsi alter recipe to avoid cancer warning

Apart from California, “not one single regulatory agency around the world considers the exposure of the public to 4-MEI as present in caramels as an issue.”

The BBC reports:

Coca-Cola and Pepsi are changing the recipes for their drinks to avoid being legally obliged to put a cancer warning label on the bottle.

The new recipe for caramel colouring in the drinks has less 4-methylimidazole (4-MEI) – a chemical which California has added to its list of carcinogens.

The change to the recipe has already been introduced in California but will be rolled out across the US.

Coca-Cola says there is no health risk to justify the change…

Read the entire report.

3 thoughts on “Coke and Pepsi alter recipe to avoid cancer warning”

  1. ooops!
    “paplum existence…” —> pablum existence
    [the autogarbler setting on the keyboard crept up too high again]

  2. Some poor mouse died after being forced to drink the equivalent of a 55 gallon drum of the stuff every day. My personal guess is the little guy just suicided to make it stop.

    All this Linear No Threshold (LNT) BS is killing us economically and societally. It’s got to be stopped or we’re doomed to a paplum existence guarded over by the Brahmins of Public Safety.

  3. This is an labeling/advertising opportunity. ‘New Coke, Now With Reduced Cancer Risk’! Then again, would the Food and Drug Administration approve the ‘truthiness’ of the labeling, since you have to drink 1,000 cans of the beverage daily to live dangerously? How did this slip past the Environmental Protection Agency, with all those people urinating 4-methylimidazole into the precious, scarce etc. water supply, with drastic unknown potential adverse etc. consequences for biodiversity etc.? And all Pepsi and Coke have done is to reduce, not eliminate, 4-methylimidazole from their recipes. The Citizens Rebelling Against Pop (CRAP) should file a lawsuit!

    And what should we do with the candies made with caramel, which contains 4-methylimidazole? Start all over again, of course!

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