Making a Safer Pepsi?
A report issued by the Center for Environmental Health last week found that Pepsi products were still being made with 4-methylimidazole (4-Mel), a known carcinogen. Both Coca-Cola and Pepsi announced they would adjust their formula to remove 4-Mel in March after California’s new law was passed. But testing by the Center for Environmental Health revealed that while Coke has changed its formula to meet the requirement nationwide, Pepsi has only changed its formula within California. Pepsi products sold outside California continue to be produced with the previous formula and contain higher levels of 4-Mel than are permissible under California law. The Food and Drug Administration, meanwhile, has said that Pepsi remains safe regardless of which formula is consumed, and that an individual would have to drink more than 1,000 cans of soda to reach a level of 4-Mel exposure that caused cancer in lab tests.