Coca-Cola and Pepsi Change Recipe to Avoid Putting Cancer Warning on Labels

Coca-Cola and Pepsi are changing their recipes in the U.S. to avoid putting cancer warning labels on their cans, but not in the UK.

The change comes amid growing concerns that one of the food-coloring ingredients may cause tumors in mice, although there was no evidence of such a risk to humans.

European regulators do not believe that the ingredient poses any health risks.

Officials say that an individual would have to consume 1,000 cans of Coke a day to get the same dose of the chemical, 4-methylimidazole, that was linked to causing tumors in mice.

4-methylimidazole gives the drink its caramel brown color.

The state of California added the chemical to its official list of ingredients that may cause cancer earlier this year.

Under the state’s law, Coca-Cola and Pepsi would have had to put cancer warning labels on all it’s bottles and cans.

Over the next few weeks they will roll out the new versions across the rest of America.

A Coca-Cola spokesman said that rather than “changing its recipe” it was simply changing the production process of one of its ingredients.

“The caramel colour in all of our products has been, is and always will be safe, and The Coca-Cola Company is not changing the world-famous formula for our Coca-Cola beverages,’ she said.

“Over the years, we have updated our manufacturing processes from time to time, but never altered our Secret Formula. We have asked our caramel manufacturers to modify their production process to reduce the amount of 4-MEI in the caramel. But that will have no effect on the formula or on the great-tasting, high-quality products that consumers expect from us.”






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  2. thanks for the comment.

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