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Study: Potential health risk in caramel soda
A new investigation finds the caramel color in many soft drinks can contain a potentially carcinogenic chemical. Consumer Reports says the chemical is called 4MEI and it's added to soda to make it brown.
A two year government study showed 4MEI caused cancer in mice. There are no federal limits on the chemical, but California requires a warning label if a product contains more than 29 micro-grams. Consumer Reports say Pepsi One and Malta Goya tested over that limit and Coke had a low amount.
Consumer Reports is pushing for federal limits on 4MEI and for manufacturers to be required to list the type of coloring they use.
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(All Consumer Reports Material Copyright 2010. Consumers Union of U.S. Inc. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.)
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