Substances Trigger Cancer in Soda


Caramel color is very commonly used in a wide range of soft drinks for years. Security dyes are also often used as a flavor enhancer is no longer doubt the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

However, this assumption may change following the Consumer Reports report on the use of a substance called 4-methylimidazole. The FDA will review new data regarding the safety of these substances after the findings of Consumer Reports that the levels of 4-methylimidazole in some brands of soft drinks in the United States different.

"This component would have to be analyzed safety. Once it can be determined whether it is worth the additional rules from the FDA related to the use of 4-methylimidazole, "said a spokesman for the FDA, July Putnam.

So far there has been no federal regulations regarding restrictions on the use of 4-methylimidazole in food and beverages. This substance is usually detected in low levels in the production process in the factory. These substances can also be found from the combustion or burning meat coffee beans.

Consumer Reports United States government demanded strict regulations regarding restrictions make this substance when used as food additives. These products must also be labeled, to distinguish the natural caramel coloring in food or drinks.

"There is no reason why consumers should be exposed to the risk component. In fact, such exposure can be avoided, "said toxicologist who is also chairman of the Consumer Reports study, Urvashi Rangan.

According to Consumer Reports, this time they are asking the government to make strict rules related restrictions 4-methylimidazole, including penalties if violated. This proposal is under consideration to be implemented immediately.

Although there has been no research that confirms 4-methylimidazole is the material cause cancer (carcinogens), but the state of California include these substances in cancer-triggering substances. In accordance with these provisions, a product containing 4-methylimidazole as much as 29 micrograms or more, must include cancer-related warning.

Research carried out Consumer Reports for 8 months to test 12 brands of beverages in circulation in California that Sprite, Diet Coke, Coca-Cola, Coke Zero, Dr Pepper, Dr. Snap, Brisk Iced Tea, A & W Root Beer, Pepsi, Diet Pepsi, Pepsi One, and Goya Malta. Each brand is taken as much as a can or about 350 milliliters.

As a result, one can of Pepsi One and Malta Goya contains 29 micrograms of 4-methylimidazole, or exceeds the applicable threshold in California. A 4-methylimidazole compound not found in Sprite and is found in low levels in Coke products.

In response to this research PepsiCo spokeswoman, Aurora Gonzalez said the company was very concerned about the risk of excessive levels of 4-methylimidazole in the body. He also considered the results of the research are not factual. Because, most people drank less than 350 ml liter of soda every day. So that the levels of 4-methylimidazole in the body is not more than 29 micrograms per day.

But the PepsiCo not explain how they could obtain exact data daily soda consumption. "All Pepsi products 4-methylimidazole yield is lower than the limits set by the government. Everything there is nothing contrary to the law, "said Gonzales.

Spokesman for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) could not show the latest data consumption of soda each day. While the data from Beverage Digest, an industry organization showed that consumption of carbonated soft drinks on average each day in the United States is 1.3 standard size cans.
Security related products, spokeswoman for the American Beverage Association said the soft drinks produced so far safe. The new caramel coloring that contains no 4-methylimidazole will also be used in industrial
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