July 4, 2013
A health watchdog group is releasing a study today that found high levels of a cancer-causing chemical in Pepsi drinks in 10 states, including Maryland.
The Center for Environmental Health commissioned Eurofins Analytical laboratory in Louisiana to analyze Coke and Pepsi products that were purchased from 10 states.
The group said Coca-Cola and PepsiCo had pledged to change their products’ caramel coloring as a result of a California law that requires labeling of products with cancer-causing ingredients. But CEH found that the Pepsi bought in Maryland and nine other states, not including California, still contains high levels of the chemical, 4-methylimidazole.
The testing showed that Coke products have been reformulated. Earlier tests showed both Coke and Pepsi products have been reformulated in California.