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New Law Passed on Soda Ingredients

shutterstock_90400687In California, a new law was recently passed that requires beverages which have a certain level of carcinogens now have a cancer warning label on the bottle.

Coca-Cola Co. and PepsiCo Inc., which account for almost 90% of the soda market, according to Beverage Digest, are changing the way they make the caramel coloring used in their sodas in response to the new law. Although these companies have already made the changes for their beverages sold in California, there will soon be national changes in order to streamline their manufacturing processes.

The Associated Press has reported that Coca-Cola and PepsiCo are changing the way they produce the caramel coloring which is used their sodas in order to reduce the amount of ammonia sulfite, a carcinogen that has been linked to cancer in animals by consumer advocates.

However, Coke and Pepsi are making themselves clear about their opinion of this new law. They are pointing out that the decision to change their production of the caramel coloring was designed to avoid the warning label on cans and bottles – which could hurt sales. A Coca-Cola spokesman called the law “scientifically unfounded.”

The FDA also points out that the chemical in question is only dangerous in extremely large quantities. A statement by the FDA says, “A consumer would have to consume well over a thousand cans of soda a day to reach the doses administered in the studies that have shown links to cancer in rodents.”

The American Beverage Association, which represents both Coke and Pepsi, said consumers will not notice a difference taste or appearance of the product because of these changes.

What’s your opinion? Do you think the government is becoming too controlling of what we choose to eat and drink? Or, do you think this precaution is reasonable?

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by Sara Stefanski

  • Mark
    Mar 12th, 2012 at 13:10 | #1

    Since when have Coke or Pepsi been concerned about what possible harmful ingredients become ingested into people’s bodies? Their advertising communicates the message that people will be cool,cool, cool if they buy, buy, buy. I doubt that their being upset is about misrepresentation, rather it’s about not being able to sell as much of their product.

  • VH of NYC
    Mar 12th, 2012 at 21:05 | #2

    It’s amazing to learn how toxic so many of the highly-processed foods really are. Like Michael Pollan say, “eat real food”!

  • Scott Kruse
    Mar 13th, 2012 at 15:50 | #3

    Phosphoric acid in soft drinks deplete calcium. Besides being “empty calories”, no rational person drinks soft drinks.

  • Cindee
    Mar 14th, 2012 at 09:41 | #4

    As a Coke-a-holic, I am glad to know that the FDA is watching, however, I have dramatically cut my consumption of Coke b/c of Aspartame and I wrote to them about this. Of course I got a reply that said it was entirely safe..go figure. MARK, I totally agree with you, all ANY company wants us to do is buy, buy buy!!!

  • Jun 28th, 2012 at 09:00 | #5

    Quite a reasonable precaution! I agree with Cindee that nothing will change and these two companies will prosper at our expense. As for me, I prefer Pepsi, but not more than two 0.5 bottles a week.

  • Jul 30th, 2012 at 06:16 | #6

    Me and my kids like juices. I don’t force them not to drink cola, they just don’t want to. They say they don’t want to play after cola. They can play for hours running here and there asking for a sip of juice or lemonade)

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