Countless people across the country enjoy drinking Pepsi.
“Recent testing by Consumer Reports has revealed that cans of Pepsi One may contain high levels of a potential carcinogen called d 4-methylimidazole (4-MeI),” according to Fox.
States such as California have laws stating that any food products containing more than 29 micrograms of 4 MeI must have a special warning on its package. Thus researchers decided to test the contents of Pepsi and other drinks that contain caramel coloring with 4 MeI.
Consumer reports tested numerous drinks but only two stood out.
Fox explains, “Both rounds of testing revealed that Pepsi One and another soft drink called Malta Goya contained more than 29 grams of 4-MeI per can or bottle. Testing also showed that Coke, Diet Coke and Coke Zero contained less than 5 micrograms of 4-MeI, which Consumer Reports considered acceptable. Additionally, Sprite showed no significant levels of the chemical.”
California and other states may begin to require Pepsi to put warning labels on its products. “Consumer Reports has alerted the California Attorney General’s office of its findings. The organization also plans to petition the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), urging them to set federal standards for exposure to 4-MeI and to require manufacturers to list the type of artificial coloring used on their packaging,” according to Fox. The Food and Drug Administration is conducting its own testing of Pepsi at this time. Pepsi Co. issued a statement defending its product, stating that the 4-MeI levels per can are not significantly dangerous to consumers.