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Cancer-Causing Chemical Found in Coca-Cola, Pepsi, Group Says

Monday, 05 March 2012 02:28 PM

High levels of a chemical that causes tumors in animals were found in Coca-Cola Co. and PepsiCo. Inc. sodas, according to a consumer advocacy group pressing U.S. regulators to ban a color additive.

The chemical 4-methylimidazole was found in Coca-Cola, Pepsi Cola, Diet Coke and Diet Pepsi and is the caramel coloring used in the beverages, according to a study released today by the Center for Science in the Public Interest. The group petitioned the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in February to ban the ammonia-sulfite coloring, which is found in most colas.

“Coke and Pepsi, with the acquiescence of the FDA, are needlessly exposing millions of Americans to a chemical that causes cancer,” said Michael F. Jacobson, the Washington-based group’s executive director, said in a statement. “The FDA needs to protect consumers from this risk.”

The FDA has no reason to believe there is any immediate risk from the substance and is reviewing the group’s petition, said Douglas Karas, an agency spokesman, in an e-mail. 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, the FDA said.

The American Beverage Association has called the consumer group’s effort to have the coloring banned a “reckless attack” and said there’s no evidence the chemical causes cancer in humans.

Diana Garza Ciarlante, a spokeswoman at Atlanta-based Coca- Cola, referred questions to the beverage association. Gillian Galasso, a spokeswoman at PepsiCo in Purchase, New York, didn’t respond immediately to a phone message seeking comment.

The consumer group commissioned lab studies of samples of products including Coca-Cola, Pepsi-Cola, Diet Coke, Diet Pepsi, Dr Pepper Snapple Group Inc.’s Dr Pepper and Diet Dr Pepper and Whole Foods 365 Cola from Washington-area stores. Pepsi’s products, Diet Coke and regular Coca-Cola had levels that were high enough to require a warning notice in the state of California, according to the release.

The chemical in Coke and Pepsi products is causing about 15,000 cancers in the U.S., the consumer group estimated.

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