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The FDA will review data on possible carcinogen in soda


The caramel coloring in your favorite soda is once again being scrutinized by the FDA. According to NBC News, the FDA is taking another look into the chemical 4-MeI, a carcinogenic byproduct produced in the manufacturing of caramel color, after a Consumer Reports test found higher than expected levels in sodas across the country. Consumer Reports partnered with the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future to test samples of various soda brands, including Pepsi, Coke, and Malta Goya, in California and New York for 4-MeI levels twice over the course of 2013. However in the second test, soda samples from New York had reduced levels of 4-MeI — a can of Pepsi from the New York area averaged 174 micrograms in the first test and only 32 micrograms in the second. Pepsi and Malta Goya had higher levels of 4-MeI in its sodas, but in the second test, Pepsi did bring that number down significantly as it promised to do in 2013.

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