The two leaders in the soda industry, PepsiCo Inc. and Coca-Cola Co., agreed in March to change their formulas nationwide after a law in California passed, mandating that drinks with a certain level of carcinogens be labeled with a cancer warning.
Fast forward a few months, and only one company has followed through on the promise. A test by The Center for Environmental Health found that while Pepsi products in California have phased out the chemical causing all the fuss, 4-methylimidazole, outside of the state it remains in the formula.
Meanwhile, tests done on Coke products show that the company has followed through on it’s promise to alter their formula. According to the Detroit Free Press, Pepsi says that the supplier of their caramel coloring is changing its manufacturing process to remove the chemical.
While California products no longer contain the chemical, the process for the rest of the country won’t be complete until February 2014. Does it really matter, though? The American Beverage Association says that trace amounts of the chemical have not been linked to cancer in people. Meanwhile, the Food and Drug Administration says that a person would have to drink 1,000 cans of soda each day to get to the doses of the chemical that have been linked to cancer in rodents.
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