Despite State Laws, High Levels of Carcinogens Found in Soda


A new investigation from Consumer Report discovered that a potential carcinogen is found in Pepsi One and other sodas.  While the cancer risks of soda aren’t (sadly) news, what is shocking is that the levels of a caramel coloring found in the drinks are well above what the state of California says is safe.  This is after establishing in 2011 that the carcinogenic chemicals could not exceed a certain limit without including a label to warn consumers.

While Pepsi is accusing Consumer Report for false measures and incorrect conclusions, they note that Pepsi One contains less than the amount considered safe to be consumed per day.  This does not take into account those who often consume more than one, or even two, sodas a day.  For those who do, the chemical amount quickly exceeds the daily dose.

While Pepsi and the FDA are still scrambling to assure the public of the chemical’s “safety” and its limited amounts in your beverages, the full report tells a different story. Our take? If you can’t kick the habit, take it down to one can a day, and make sure to read your labels.

H/T Take Part + Picthx Greg Verdino

By Nora Landis-Shack

Nora Landis-Shack was born to be a foodie. With a classically trained French chef for a father, she’s been exploring new tastes since she was big enough to help chop vegetables for dinner. Pig’s feet, frog’s legs, and tripe are delicious child’s play. Which isn’t to say she doesn’t love a great steak. Because she does. With frites, please.

2 replies on “Despite State Laws, High Levels of Carcinogens Found in Soda”

Frankly, this article is egregiously one-sided and accepts Consumer Reports’ conclusions without sharing with readers that the FDA has noted there is no reason whatsoever for any health concerns regarding this ingredient. This position is also supported by regulatory agencies around the world. And, very specifically, the FDA has said that a consumer ‘would have to drink more than a thousand cans of soda in a day to match the doses administered in studies that showed links to cancer in rodents.’ That said, the companies that make caramel coloring for soft drinks are now producing it to contain less 4-MEI, and nationwide use of this new caramel coloring is underway. The very important takeaway here is that our industry’s beverages are safe, as determined by decades of in-depth scientific research and review.

At the point, I wouldn’t trust the FDA as far as I could throw them. There are way too many corporate puppet strings attached to the agency to be considered safe.

It’s a carcinogen, it does not have any real reason to be in the food, it should not be in it AT ALL.

(Since it is just a coloring, I wonder if this makes a good case to bring back Crystal Pepsi…)

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