Coca-Cola & Pepsi Forced to Change Recipe to Avoid Cancer Warning Label, But What About Benzene Carcinogen?

Posted on Mar 09, 2012 in Health, Food News, & Big Pharma

Kevin Hayden –

Coca-Cola and Pepsi are changing the recipes for their soft drinks in order to avoid being forced by law to put a cancer warning on the label.

The caramel coloring in the drinks will contain lower levels of 4-methylimidazole, which has been added to the list of carcinogens in California law.

Hayden’s Note:

Is this considered a small win?!  While it’s great they are being forced to change their recipes, soft drinks still contain benzene, high fructose corn syrup, and a host of genetically modified sweeteners!

Benzene is a natural constituent of crude oil, and is one of the most basic petrochemicals.  Because it has a high octane number, it is an important component of gasoline. Its carcinogenicity has limited most non-industrial applications.  

In Coca-Cola and other soft drinks, Benzene is formed when the preservative Sodium Benzoate and Ascorbic Acid mix together (ascorbic acid is simply vitamin C, used as another preservative).

Benzene production in soft drinks and fruit drinks has been linked to the presence of ascorbic acid (vitamin C) and sodium benzoate ingredients in the products. A metal catalyzed hydroxyl radical reaction involving these two compounds results in the formation of benzene. –  White Paper produced by AIB International

Benzene Effects on the Human Body –

Benzene causes cancer and other illnesses. Benzene is a “notorious cause” of bone marrow failure. “Vast quantities of epidemiologic, clinical, and laboratory data” link benzene to aplastic anemia, acute leukemia, and bone marrow abnormalities.[41][42] The specific hematologic malignancies that benzene is associated with include: acute myeloid leukemia (AML), aplastic anemia, myleodysplastic syndrome (MDS), acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), and chronic myeloid leukemia (CML).[43]

The American Petroleum Institute (API) stated in 1948 that “it is generally considered that the only absolutely safe concentration for benzene is zero.”[44] The US Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) classifies benzene as a human carcinogen. Long-term exposure to excessive levels of benzene in the air causes leukemia, a potentially fatal cancer of the blood-forming organs, in susceptible individuals. In particular, Acute myeloid leukemia or acute non-lymphocytic leukaemia (AML & ANLL) is not disputed to be caused by benzene.[45] IARC rated benzene as “known to be carcinogenic to humans” (Group 1).  – Wikipedia

Now, if we can just get the Benzene issue under control, along with banning high fructose corn syrup, and the aspartame, neotame, saccharin, and other unnatural, genetically modified sweeteners, I’d consider it a decent win. 


Source: Sky News

Coca-Cola’s recipe is being changed across the US – but will not be changed in Britain or the rest of Europe.

While we believe that there is no public health risk that justifies any such change, we did ask our caramel suppliers to take this step so that our products would not be subject to the requirement of a scientifically unfounded warning

Diana Garza-Ciarlante, from Coca-Cola

Under the new California legislation, drinks containing a certain level of carcinogens must bear a cancer warning label.  Coca-Cola and PepsiCo account for almost 90% of the fizzy drinks market in America.  The changes have already been made for drinks sold in California.

The companies said the new recipes would be rolled out across the US to streamline their manufacturing processes.

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