Friday, March 9, 2012

Coca Cola changes Coke recipe 'to avoid putting a cancer warning on their labels' in California

Coke and PepsiCo Inc. are adjusting the formula of their caramel colour across the U.S so they don’t have to label their products with a cancer warning to comply with California regulations.

The companies have yet to announce whether this will affect the drink ingredients in the UK.

The changes have already been made for drinks sold in California and the companies said the alterations will be expanded nationally to streamline their manufacturing processes.

The additive being changed is a compound called 4-methylimidazole (4-MI or 4-MEI), which has been targeted by the consumer group, Center for Science in the Public Interest, which claims the chemical causes cancer.

The drinks company confirmed that changes were being made to keep within the law but argued that the consumer group's allegations that the ingredient was a danger to humans were false. Read More