The Center for Environmental Health released test results which revealed that Pepsi contains high levels of 4-Mel, an abbreviation of 4-Methylimidazole, a compound that is formed while the process of manufacturing of caramel coloring, plus it is well-known carcinogen. This substance has been widely used in Pepsi soft drinks in 2013, but the company denied its presence in the drinks they produced. In fact, the producer of these beverages strongly objects to the implementation of the state requirements of California to put a cancer caution label on the drinks where the 4-Mel component is present, like in Pepsi One and Diet Pepsi.
Currently, there is an ongoing settlement in a class action lawsuit against Pepsi which was initially approved by a federal judge in California. As a result of this settlement, the Pepsi Company agreed that the 4-Mel levels of its caramel coloring will not surpass 100 parts per billion in products being sold on the territory of the US. In addition to this Pepsi will be obliged to test the soft drinks with the use of specialized protocols.
These measures have been already accepted by Pepsiin another lawsuit in California a year ago, but with the new settlement these measures were expanded to the entire country.
Pepsi never warned customers of the presence of carcinogens in their products
In the California claim, Pepsi was charged for misinforming the customers of the presence of 4-Mel in their beverages. This chemical the California state officially identifies as a cancer causing ingredient.
According to the Customer Reports test from 2014, the 4-Mel traced in Pepsi beverages surpassed the allowed level of 29 micrograms per bottle or can. The state’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment established the cutoff at 29 micrograms because that level shows that the chances of cancer are 1 in 100,000.
This means that the Pepsi Companyviolated the common law, and also the statutes referring to customer protection in California. It actually violates the California’s Proposal 65 which is in power since 1985 where manufacturers are obliged to provide customers with precise warnings if their productsif they contain any toxic and carcinogenic chemicals.
According to a 2013 Mintel and Leatherhead Food Research report, the caramel coloring is the most frequently used food coloring in the world. In that period, Pepsi maintained that Prop 65 signifies the exposure per day, and not the exposure per can. According to Pepsi, there is no need for any warning labels as the consumers of Pepsi on average drink less than one can per day, and because of that there is no need for any worries.
However, the Consumer Reports did not comply with this assumption, as:
“Regardless of the amount that their consumers drink, they don’t actually expect their beverages to contain a potential cancer-causing substance. Also, we don’t think that 4-Mel should be present in foods at all. The tests that we conducted on samples of Coke demonstrate that there is a possibility to get much lower levels,”stated toxicologist Dr. Urvashi Rangan.
Consuming these types of sodas puts you at risk of obesity and cancer
People in America are more and more interested in the content of the food and beverages they consume every day. Americans are paying more attention to books like Food Forensics which show the ingredients that are contained in the food products.
Therefore, every person should be aware of the content of their food and beverages so that they are informed of the ingredients they consume. No one would like to get exposed to a harmful compound that is used solely for coloring the food. The carcinogenic caramel coloring contained in Pepsi should not be the only reason for the avoidance of these beverages. The consumption of sodas is one of the key reasons for the occurrence of obesity which takes an epidemic course inour nation.
According to a conducted study in UCLA revealed that grownups who regularly consumed sugary drinks like sodas were at 27% higher risk of being overweight or becoming obese which was not the case with the persons who did not drink these sugary beverages.
Drinking one soda each day adds up to a total of 39 pounds of sugar on a yearly level. So, in order to lower the chances of obesity and as well as cancer, if you are person that drinks these beverages regularly, all you have to do is to cease the habit of sodas consumption.