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Consumer Reports Reveals Pepsi One Contains High Levels of Potential Carcinogen

Justin Chavez3 years ago

According to a study conducted by Consumer Reports, cans of Pepsi One may contain elevated levels of the potential carcinogen d-methylimidazole (4-Mel).

A law recently passed by the state of California, Proposition 65, mandates that all food and beverages containing more than 29 micrograms of 4-Mel per daily recommended servings carry a warning label.

About the Soda Study

According to FOX News, Consumer Reports tested 81 bottles and cans of top selling soft drinks – all products were purchased in New York and California between April 2013 and September 2013.

All products underwent preliminary testing, then researchers retested any brands of soda that contained more than 29 micrograms of 4-Mel per can or bottle.

Researchers determined that Pepsi One products purchased from both locations contained more than 29 micrograms of 4-Mel per serving while Coke-Cola products Coke, Diet Coke and Coke Zero contained less than 5 micrograms per can or bottle.

Label Does not Need to Contain Warning

“For that reason, they believe that Pepsi One does not require cancer-risk warning labels—even if the amount of 4-MeI in a single can exceeds 29 micrograms.” – Consumer Reports as published by FOX News

PepsiCo contends that California's Proposition 65 requirement is based on exposure to 4-Mel per day-and not per can. PepsiCo also referenced data suggesting that the majority of their customers drink less than a third of a 12-ounce can of soda per day.

Consumer Reports has made the California Attorney General's office aware of its findings. The organization plans to petition the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in hopes that they will set federal standards for exposure to 4-Mel and to require that manufacturers to identify the type of artificial coloring used in their products on product packaging.

The FDA doesn't believe current levels of 4-Mel from caramel coloring in food are a risk, but have begun to conduct their own test nonetheless.

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