There would be a change in your favorite drink, next time you have a Coca-Cola or a Pepsi. The world’s two biggest soft drink makers are altering the way they make caramel coloring used in their sodas. This announcement comes in the wake of amended California law which makes it mandatory for any drink containing a certain level of an agent directly involved in causing cancer to bear a cancer warning label.
The Coca-Cola and Pepsi-Co amount for almost 90% of soda market worldwide and this change would come nationwide to streamline their process.
The American Beverage Association acknowledged that these adjustments were just to meet California’s new standards and the usual practice of caramel coloring would continue in other products elsewhere.
The Association also urged that this will not in any way affect the product as such and it is just a precautionary measure with no heath concerns for customers. A representative for Coca-Cola, Diana Garza-Ciarlante also confirmed it by saying that there is no public health risk involved in their products, and they have just asked their caramel suppliers to alter the process so that it complies with the regulations.
The law came into place after the Center for Science in the Public Interest, filed a petition with the US Food and Drug Administration to ban the use of ammonia-sulfite caramel coloring.
A spokesman for the Food and Drug Administration said the petition is being reviewed as the cancer factor is very low in humans and a person has to consume more than 1,000 cans a day in order to have any potential risk of generating cancer.
The American Beverage Association also added that this study is baseless as there is no proof of it leading to cancer in humans. The only link to cancer has been found in mice and rats and there is no study yet that proves any risk to human health.