March 9, 2012
By Anthony Gucciardi
“It’s really amazing that people are still drinking Coke and Pepsi. These companies do not care about the people who consume their products. They want to make the cheapest drinks possible so they can make tons of money. Think about all the extra calories, high fructose corn syrup, and aspartame people consume every day from drinking this garbage. Instead – drink water. If you absolutely need something with flavor, have an iced tea with stevia. And if you absolutely must drink a soda, try Blue Sky or Zevia instead. There ARE other options.” –KTRN
In a move to avoid being slapped with a cancer warning label, Coca-Cola is making an emergency recipe alteration that involves removing a known carcinogen from the mix. Showing that the company is more interested in preserving sales than actually ridding its products of known cancer-causing substances, the company chose to remove the toxic ingredient to avoid the warning label — not to actively protect the health of the consumer. The compound (used for the drinks’ caramel coloring), known as 4-methylimidazole (4-MI or 4-MEI), has been ousted by the Center for Sciences in the Public Interest as a powerful carcinogen.
In fact, the Coca-Cola company even denied the cancer link, stating that the findings by CSPI and others were simply untrue. Calling the warning label ‘scientifically unfounded’, Coca-Cola says that there is no public health risk that justifies any change.
“While we believe that there is no public health risk that justifies any such change, we did ask our caramel suppliers to take this step so that our products would not be subject to the requirement of a scientifically unfounded warning,” Coca-Cola representative Diana Garza-Ciarlante told the Associated Press news agency.