fda takes another look at caramel coloring in soda - pet manufacturing process
The Food and Drug Administration says there is no reason to believe that the pigment added to soda is unsafe.
But to ensure this, the agency is conducting another investigation.
The agency's announcement was a response to a study of consumer reports that showed 12 brands of soda had varying degrees of 4-
Impurities found in some caramel colors.
FDA says it has studied the use of caramel as a flavor and color additive for decades, but will review about 4-A.
The agency did not provide details of the data.
"These efforts will inform the FDA's safety analysis and will help the agency determine what regulatory action (if any) needs to be taken," FDA spokesman Juli Putnam said ). ".
4-there is no federal limit on the amount
A. M. in food and beverages.
This substance is formed in some caramel colors with a lower content in the manufacturing process.
When coffee beans are roasted or some meat is roasted, it also appears in a trace, the FDA says.
The Consumer Report's research urges the agency to set the highest level when manually added to food or soda, when added, requires labeling, if the product contains caramel color, it is forbidden to carry the "natural" label.
"There is no reason for consumers to be exposed to this avoidable and unnecessary risk, which may stem from coloring food and drinks to Brown," said Dr. Consumer Reports . "
Urvashi Rangan, a drug scientist and chief researcher of the study.
But the study has not yet been finalized as to whether it is month-
Gamazol is a carcinogenic substance that California has listed on the state list of carcinogens, and state laws stipulate the labeling of cancer warnings for products containing a certain level of this substance.
In response to this law, manufacturers of Coca-Cola, Pepsi-Cola and other soft drinks have instructed their caramel --
Level 4 reduction for color suppliers-A.
Not all caramel pigments are available. Over an eight-
During the month, the study found a single 12-
The Pepsi and Malta Goya drinks purchased in California exceeded 4-29 micrograms in an ounce.
Every day in California is a threshold, but there is no warning.
The consumer report calls for an investigation by the California attorney general's office;
A spokesman for the attorney general said the request was being reviewed by the office.
Aurora Gonzalez, a Pepsi spokesman, said the company was "very concerned" about the study and thought it was actually incorrect.
Gonzalez said that the average amount of soda consumed by people drinking soda per day is less than 12-
Ounces can serve as a basis for measuring Consumer Reports.
So, she said, people do not exceed the limit of 29 micrograms per day.
But Pepsi did not provide details on how it came to conclusions about daily soda consumption.
"All Pepsi products are below the threshold set in California and are in full compliance with the law," she said . ".
A spokeswoman for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention could not point out the daily consumption data of all recent sodas.
Data from the trade publication Beverage Digest, which tracks the industry, shows per capita consumption of carbonated soft drinks in the United StatesS. is 1.
3 cans of standard soda per day.
A spokesman for the American Beverage Association said that soda water is safe and there is no 4-
The use of megamium is gradually being made.
The drinks tested were sprite, Diet Coke and Coca Cola.
Coke, zero Coke, Dr. Pepper
Refreshing iced tea, A & W root beer, Pepsi, Diet Pepsi, Pepsi One and Malta Goya.
Consumer Reports say no significant levels were found in Sprite, and continued low levels were found in Coke products.
The Associated Press, New York writer Candice Cui, has contributed to the report.