New York, New York - A new study indicates the caramel coloring used in Pepsi contains a high level of carcinogen. Carcinogens lead to cancer. Pepsi has stated that the formula for the drink will change.
The investigation into Pepsi and Coca-Cola Co. started last year after a California law was passed that mandated soft drinks with a certain level of carcinogen be labeled with a cancer warning label. The specific chemical in question is 4-methylimidazole. 4-Mel, as it is caused, forms during the cooking process of the caramel coloring and can actually be found in foodstuff other than Pepsi or Coke.
Pepsi issued a statement saying that their manufacturers are to cut the amount of 4-Mel in the caramel. The problem is that to date, only Pepsi sold in California is not testing positive for the cancer-causing chemical. This is probably because Pepsi does not want a ‘can cause cancer’ warning label on their product?
But in other states, the watchdog group The Center for Environment Health is reporting that Pepsi products being sold outside California still test positive for the chemical. The group found that Coke products are no longer testing positive for the chemical, nationwide.
The testing of Pepsi and Coke was purportedly carried out by Eurofins Analystical Laboratory, which ran product testing between May and June. The amount of 4-Mel found in Pepsi outside of California ranged from 4 – 8 times California’s recommended limit for requiring a cancer warning label.
Trace amounts of Mel-4 are not linked to human cancer, to date. At trace amount, humans would have to consume over 1000 cans of soda a day to reach the significant level of cancer of experienced by lab rats consuming the product.