Quantcast
Connect with us

Coke cans toxic caramel coloring but Pepsi still packs 8 times the safe amount

Published

on

Coca-Cola products have dropped a toxic chemical-containing form of caramel coloring after a 2011 California court order, but most Pepsi products in the U.S. still contain the poison at levels 4 to 8 times the recommended safe amount. According to National Public Radio’s food blog “The Salt,” Coke products no longer contain 4-methylimidazole (4-MEI), whereas Pepsi has only changed the products it sells in California.

Under California’s Proposition 65, the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986, the state is required to publish a list of chemicals that are known to cause cancer, birth defects or other reproductive or bodily harm. In 2011, the state added 4-MEI to that list, which would require all soft drinks containing the chemical to carry a cancer warning label like the ones found on cigarette packs.

Caramel coloring gives colas their distinctive dark brown color. Coke has switched to another form of caramel coloring that does not contain 4-MEI not just in California, but in the whole country. Pepsi, on the other hand, according to new analysis by the Center for Environmental Health, has only made the switch in areas covered under California law.

Research by the Center showed that 10 out of 10 Pepsi products purchased outside of California during the month of June 2013 still contain 4-MEI at levels “four to eight times higher than the safety thresholds set by California.”

Only 1 out of 10 non-Californian Coke products still contained the chemical.

“We applaud Coke,” said Michael Green of the Center in a written statement about the report. “Pepsi’s delay is inexplicable. We urge the company to swift action.”

ADVERTISEMENT

When NPR contacted Pepsi, they assured reporter Allison Aubrey that there is nothing dangerous about their products. “The FDA and other regulatory agencies around the world, including the European Food Safety Authority and Health Canada, consider our caramel coloring safe for use in foods and beverages,” a spokesperson insisted.

In fact, the Food and Drug Administration said in a 2012 statement that a person would have to drink 1,000 sodas per day to reach a carcinogenic dose of 4-MEI and the American Beverage Association said that the chemical is safe, saying that “the science simply does not show that 4-MEI in foods or beverages is a threat to human health.”

[People drinking cola with straws image via Shutterstock]

Report typos and corrections to [email protected].
READ COMMENTS - JOIN THE DISCUSSION
Continue Reading

Breaking Banner

Pentagon gives senators classified briefing on UFOs reported by the Navy

Published

on

While it might sound like something out of "The X-Files," Navy pilots have been seeing UFOs, and U.S. Senators now want to know what's happening.

According to Politico, three more senators met with Pentagon officials for a classified briefing Wednesday about encounters pilots are having with unidentified aircraft. It seems the Pentagon is getting more and more requests by officials with high clearances to figure out what's happening.

The crafts are, at their most basic, nothing more than "unidentified aircraft," and while it isn't likely they're little green men, there are some senators who might have concerns about whether these UFOs are actually a foreign adversary.

Continue Reading

Breaking Banner

Wall Street Journal issues blistering editorial asking Trump what the point is of a second term

Published

on

In a blistering editorial, the Wall Street Journal is asking President Donald Trump what the point of a second term is since he hasn't done anything in his first term.

During his rally in Orlando Tuesday, Trump repeated the same tired lines and same tired policies from 2016. The "Promises Made, Promises Kept" slogan shown over the crowd, yet the supporters didn't understand the irony.

"The most striking fact of his speech was how backward looking it was," the editorial board said. "Every incumbent needs to remind voters of his record, Mr. Trump more than most because the media are so hostile."

Continue Reading
 

Breaking Banner

‘Crosses a line’: New York Times publisher unleashes on Trump for accusing paper of ‘treason’

Published

on

On Wednesday, New York Times publisher A. G. Sulzberger wrote a blistering editorial in the Wall Street Journal, saying that President Donald Trump's latest attack on his paper "crosses a line."

First it was the "the failing New York Times." Then "fake news." Then "enemy of the people," wrote Sulzberger. "President Trump's escalating attacks on The New York Times have paralleled his broader barrage on American media. He's gone from misrepresenting our business, to assaulting our integrity, to demonizing our journalists with a phrase that’s been used by generations of demagogues. Now the president has escalated his attacks even further, accusing the Times of a crime so grave it is punishable by death.

Continue Reading
 
 

Copyright © 2019 Raw Story Media, Inc. PO Box 21050, Washington, D.C. 20009 | Masthead | Privacy Policy | For corrections or concerns, please email [email protected]

I need your help.

Investigating Trump's henchmen is a full time job, and I'm trying to bring in new team members to do more exclusive reports. We have more stories coming you'll love. Join me and help restore the power of hard-hitting progressive journalism.

TAKE A LOOK
close-link

Investigating Trump is a full-time job, and I want to add new team members to do more exclusive reports. We have stories coming you'll love. Join me and go ad-free, while restoring the power of hard-hitting progressive journalism.

TAKE A LOOK
close-link