The Candy is Safe, Says Coca-Cola

MEXICO CITY – Coca-Cola Company said the candy used for your drinks is safe and approved by authorities in more than 200 countries, including Mexico.

The company reiterated that it is changing the formula of their products in California, United States or elsewhere.

This after Friday will report that Coca-Cola and PepsiCo are changing the way they make the caramel coloring as a result of a law in that state to require that beverages with a certain level of carcinogens carry a warning label.

“While we disagree with the position of California, the company asked the candy manufacturers to modify the production process of 4-MEI to meet local requirements, so that our products must bear a warning not scientifically unfounded. This change will affect neither the formula nor the great taste, and high product quality that consumers expect to receive from the company, “the company said in a statement.

Coca Cola said that the color of caramel employee is authorized even by the Agency for Food and Drug Administration (FDA) of USA and the European Food Safety Agency (EFSA).

He said that in early 2011 the European body reaffirmed the safety of the substance after a routine search of food coloring.

He stated that this review was based on risk assessments and scientific principles based on evidence, so he said, California’s position is not supported by science.

He added that no public health risk in California or elsewhere.

“Our commitment to the highest quality and safety of our brands remains our top priority, and will continue to rely on solid scientific evidence to ensure the safety of our products,” he said.

Earlier this week, the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI, for its acronym in English), a U.S. regulatory group, said it had found “dangerous levels” of chemical cans of Coca-Cola, Pepsi- Cola, Dr Pepper (Dr Pepper Snapple Group Inc) and 365-Cola, Whole Foods Markets.

The U.S. FDA said that studies the request of the group, but stressed that the drinks are still safe.

A spokesman for the U.S. agency said a person would have to take “more than 1,000 cans of soda drinks per day to reach the dose administered in the studies that have demonstrated their link to cancer in rodents.”

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