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Does Coloring in Soda Cause Cancer?

Consumer Reports is targeting Pepsi One.
You may need to worry about more than empty calories when you drink a can of soda. Consumer Reports says a chemical  in the caramel coloring  added to some soft drinks might cause cancer.

 The World Health Organization and the state of California think the chemical  4--methylimidazole  or  4-mel may cause cancer.

California limits the amount of 4-mel exposure, per consumer, a day.
Consumer Reports says  cans of  Pepsi One and  Malta Goya  exceeded those limits.

A  toxicologist for the magazine says  consumers don't need to be exposed to the chemical, since it's avoidable and just used to color beverages.  But the FDA says there's no reason to believe 4-mel poses a health risk.
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