(from CNN) The state of California is limiting manufacturers to 29 micrograms of exposure to 4-MeI (caramel coloring on ingredient labels) per day for average consumers. Companies which neglect to comply with this specific rule may have to tag their sodas with, “WARNING: This product contains a chemical known to the State of California to cause cancer.”
Due to this companies like Coca-Cola and PepsiCo have reformulated their goods sold in California to decrease the quantity of the substance used.Yet, as Consumer Reports lately discovered, still not absolutely all of these comply with the California regulation. Consumer Reports
Yet, as Consumer Reports lately discovered, still not absolutely all of these comply with the California regulation. Consumer Reports nvestigators examined 29 drinks in California and NY that had more than 29 mcg of the chemical in previous evaluations performed in early 2013.
Consumer Reports also found that Pepsi One bought in NY had four times the maximum amount of the chemical as Pepsi One bought in CA. The tested drinks in NY did have reduced quantities of the substance though, suggesting that they are still moving in a positive direction.
When Consumer Reports requested PepsiCo to remark on their findings, the organization defended their method, stating that, as the typical consumer has less than one third of a can of diet soda daily, their drink satisfies California’s regulation. The only situation in which this reason would seem sensible is if most of Pepsi One drinkers actually consumed a third of the drink one day and save the remainder for the following two days, which clearly isn’t the situation.