Group Wants Ban on 2 Types of Caramel Coloring in Sodas
CSPI States That Caramel Coloring Produced With Ammonia Contains 2 Carcinogens
American Beverage Association, Coca-Cola Respond continued...
Further, the group states that this chemical is virtually ubiquitous and found in trace amounts in a wide variety of foods and beverages. “Consumers can take confidence in the fact that people have been safely drinking colas for more than a century, as well as consuming the wide variety of foods and beverages containing 4-MEI, from baked goods and breads to wine and coffee.”
Coca-Cola says, "CSPI’s statement irresponsibly insinuates that the caramel used in our beverages is unsafe and maliciously raises cancer concerns among consumers. This does a disservice to the very public for which CSPI purports to serve. In fact, studies show that the caramel we use does not cause cancer. Further, the caramel we use does not contain the 2-MEI alleged by CSPI."
The ABA is also taking on the pending legislation in California.
A group of plaintiffs including the ABA has filed a lawsuit against the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment for its wrongful listing of 4-MEI as a carcinogen. “The state agency’s decision does not reflect sound science and failed to follow its own regulations.”