Coke and Pepsi alter recipe to avoid cancer warning

edited March 2012 in Humor, Fun & Games

As if there isn't enough bad news to ruin your day...
Coca-Cola and Pepsi are changing the recipes for their drinks to avoid being legally obliged to put a cancer warning label on the bottle.

The new recipe for caramel colouring in the drinks has less 4-methylimidazole (4-MEI) - a chemical which California has added to its list of carcinogens.

The change to the recipe has already been introduced in California but will be rolled out across the US.

Coca-Cola says there is no health risk to justify the change.

'No risk'

Spokeswoman Diana Garza-Ciarlante told the Associated Press news agency they wanted to ensure their products "would not be subject to the requirement of a scientifically unfounded warning".

The chemical has been linked to cancer in mice and rats, according to one study, but there is no evidence that it poses a health risk to humans, said the American Beverage Association, which represents the wider industry.

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) claims a person would need to drink more than 1,000 cans of Coke or Pepsi a day to take in the same dose of the chemical that was given to the animals in the lab test.

Coca-Cola and PepsiCo account for nearly 90% of the US fizzy drink market, according to one industry tracker, Beverage Digest.

The companies say changing their recipes across the whole of the US, not just in California, makes the drinks more efficient to manufacture.

In a statement Coca-Cola added that the manufacturing process across Europe would not change.

It said that apart from California "not one single regulatory agency around the world considers the exposure of the public to 4-MEI as present in caramels as an issue".

So... 1000 cans in a day, versus in a decade?  So the body can otherwise process this carcinogen otherwise if given in low dosages?


  • Zed said:

    So... 1000 cans in a day, versus in a decade?  So the body can otherwise process this carcinogen otherwise if given in low dosages?

    Why so surprised? Oxygen is toxic at certain levels or pressures. EVERYTHING has an LD50/50.
  • No, pot does not.
  • Unka Bart said:

    No, pot does not.

    The hell it doesn't.

    Nicotine, Tar, Carbon Monoxide....

    From Wikipedia...
    (Which, by the way, I don't often cite as they can't be trusted on anything political, but this isn't.)

    According to the Merck Index, 12th edition, THC has an LD50 value of 1270 mg/kg (male rats) and 730 mg/kg (female rats) administered orally dissolved in sesame oil.[26] The LD50 value for rats by inhalation of THC is 42 mg/kg of body weight.[26]
  • Fuck California. Also, Pepsi sucks shit and Coke is the real thing.
  • ^+1 Coke is the real deal, but I'm personally hooked on cream soda and regional root beers like Hanks
  • edited March 2012
    And yet they still use rat poison - excuse me, refined white sugar,
    in their products...  Unless you're fortunate to get Coke from Mexico.

    If you kids have acne, btw, get them off sugar.  It's amazing how
    quickly their skin will clear up.

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