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Pepsi Still Has Carcinogen, Study Shows


Pepsi sold outside of California contains cancer-causing caramel formula

By: Julienne Bay, Staff Writer

Photo courtesy of Dave Schauer

Photo courtesy of Dave Schauer

It’s been more than a year since Pepsi Co. said it would change its cancer-causing caramel colouring formula. But according to the Centre for Environmental Health (CEH), it still contains too much carcinogenic material.

Last March, both Coca-Cola Co. and Pepsi Co. were required to adjust their formula when California passed its law on mandatory cancer warning labels for drinks containing chemical methylimidazole (4-MeI).

CEH reported on Wednesday that Pepsi sold outside of California still contained high levels of 4-MEI, while competitor Coca-Cola has largely reformulated its beverages.

California’s state law, Proposition 65, requires toxic substance labels for manufacturers. 4-MeI was added to its list after the National Toxicology Program’s study found the correlation between lung cancer and long exposure to 4-MeI in mice. 

4-MeI can form in caramel colouring during its production and is found in cola, beer, soy sauce and other food products.

In response, Pepsi Co. announced this week that the company will sell drinks with lower levels of 4-MeI to the rest of the states outside of California by February 2014.

Julienne Bay is a j-student from Toronto. As an avid traveller, coffee-drinker and documentary junkie, she’s constantly trying to figure out what it means to be human.    

Sources:

The Verge

Winnipeg Free Press

Centre for Environmental Health

Bloomberg Business Week

Dave Schauer

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