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Chemicalkinetics Mar 8, 2012 10:30 PM

Coke and Pepsi are changing the recipes for their drinks to avoid putting the CANCER WARNING LABEL:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-ca...

I suppose you can either feel

(a) the law is too strict, and this is much to do about nothing.
or
(b) Crap! I have been consuming carcinogen all these years and no one warned me about this?!

Have fun.

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    seamunky Mar 13, 2012 04:48 PM

    So will we be back to drinking Crystal Pepsi? I'm gonna go drown my worries in a pint of Zima.

    1. Justpaula Mar 11, 2012 09:23 PM

      I don't drink Coke or Pepsi or really any other soft drinks, although I gather I ingest enough other crap that it doesn't matter that I stick with water. I do have a few questions. What about other products that use similar caramel coloring? I assume it is in almost all colas (not just Coke and Pepsi), as well as other products. Every article I have read on this talks about Coke and Pepsi but doesn't mention any other manufacturers or products. Also, according to the FDA, one would have to drink 1000 cans of Coke a day to reach the level of 4-Methylimidazole that caused cancer in lab rats. That is A LOT of cola. Surely your stomach would explode first? So, I can't really say anything bad about a health warning, but it does sound a little much ado about nothing when you consider every thing else the government likely allows the food and beverage industry to slide. Oh well. I guess the caramel coloring lobby isn't that powerful.

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      1. re: Justpaula
        Chemicalkinetics Mar 11, 2012 09:39 PM

        "What about other products that use similar caramel coloring? I assume it is in almost all colas (not just Coke and Pepsi), as well as other products"

        It will affect everyone who want to sell in California. I believe Coke and Pepsi have already changed their soft drinks selling in California, but they will soon change all the recipes for all US market. As you said, this does not only affect Coke and Pepsi. You can find this 4-methylimidazole compound in soy sauces, worcestershire, wine... etc at lower levels.

        "one would have to drink 1000 cans of Coke a day to reach the level of 4-Methylimidazole that caused cancer in lab rats"

        Safety regulation is always way below the known toxic level. The allowed amount of lead is much lower too.

        " I guess the caramel coloring lobby isn't that powerful."

        Guess not. :)

      2. g
        GH1618 Mar 9, 2012 09:05 AM

        Based on my quick reading of reports on the NIH website, I feel it is appropriate that warnings be required, and appropriate that Coca-Cola would adjust their formula to use something else. As for Pepsi, I have no opinion on what they do, not being a member of the "Pepsi Generation."

        This may also affect worcestershire sauce, but not, I think, Lea & Perrins, the only brand I use.

        1. Monica Mar 9, 2012 06:57 AM

          I am not sure how bad these caramel colors are for our bodies but I am just glad both people and the companies are geting more aware of these health problems. I hope it spreads to other things like food colorings and flavors.

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            rockycat Mar 9, 2012 06:32 AM

            Studies have shown that the leading cause of death among all age groups is being alive in the first place.

            1. d
              dolly52 Mar 9, 2012 05:55 AM

              Ok, I will try the beverage called 'water' even though there are risk labels on that as well

              1. Pedr0 Mar 9, 2012 05:08 AM

                Horrible news that either might give me cancer. I'm have to switch over to this delicious-sounding new beverage from Coors: www.dailyfinance.com/2012/03/07/tasty...

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                1. re: Pedr0
                  Chemicalkinetics Mar 9, 2012 05:37 AM

                  Amazing. :)

                2. chowser Mar 9, 2012 04:22 AM

                  If someone has been consuming over 1000 cans of Coke or Pepsi a day, I'd say cancer is the least of his/her concern. Either way, though, it's just caramel coloring and not going to be a change to the consumer. It's not like the fiasco when Coke voluntarily changed it formula and people hated the new taste.

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                    Clams047 Mar 9, 2012 05:07 AM

                    I'm willing to bet the caffeine is significantly more harmful than the trace amount of ammonia-sulfite caramel coloring being used. Then again, if it's not really needed and/or is easily replaced, get rid of it.

                    1. re: chowser
                      Chemicalkinetics Mar 9, 2012 05:40 AM

                      Well, considering that many people worry about unproven and less concreted health risk elements like aluminum and Teflon cookware, this proven 4-methylimidazole carcinogen in Coke and Pepsi must be worse.

                      1. re: Chemicalkinetics
                        scubadoo97 Mar 13, 2012 07:36 AM

                        So true Chem, so true

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