Coca-Cola Co. Sued As Part of Effort to Force Soft Drink Makers to Eliminate Ingredients That Can Form Cancer-Causing Benzene
Posted Dec 18 2008 8:12pm
For those of you behind on the news, sugar isn't the only ingredient that makes soda dangerous these days. There's a new concern percolating bigtime, and it's called benzene. And this substance -- as you can learn here -- can be quite dangerous. In fact, benzene is linked to leukemia and other forms of cancer.
In the latest round, Coca-Cola Co. was sued today as part of an effort to force soft drink makers to get rid of ingredients in their drinks that can form this cancer-causing benzene, the AP's prolific writer Libby Quaid reported.
Interestingly, the action against soft drink giant Coke comes as two smaller companies settled a lawsuit over benzene, which can form in soft drinks containing vitamin C (also called ascorbic acid), and either sodium benzoate or potassium benzoate. In fact, scientists heat or light exposure or other factors can actually trigger a reaction that forms benzene in beverages.