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Coca-Cola Fanta orange drinks are full of pesticides!

Posted Nov 26 2009 10:02pm

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Can you believe that the Coca-Cola Fanta orange drinks contain 300 times more pesticides than allowed? This is fact, not fiction people.

“With the proposed method, we measured over 100 fruit-based soft drink samples, purchased from 15 different countries from companies with brands distributed worldwide and found relatively large concentration levels of pesticides in most of the samples analyzed,” says the study, Determination of Pesticide Residues in Fruit-Based Soft Drinks

I’m not really a fan of Fanta drinks myself, mostly because I find them to taste a little too artificial. I’m more of a ginger ale type of person but I always try to limit the amount I intake. What is disconcerting about the Fanta Orange beverage is that it was allowed to be made with this huge amount of pesticides in it. How was that even possible? Where were the health inspectors from the get-go who might have considered monitoring this? Research done in the U.K. and printed in Analytical Chemistry in 2008 indicated that the overload of pesticides were those commonly used on fruits (carbendazim, thiabendazole, imazalil, prochloraz, malathion and iprodione). Apparently, because Fanta Orange contained real fruit juices in it, the pesticides were considered safe because they were used on the fruits.

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“The concentration levels detected were of the micrograms per litre level, low when considering the European maximum residue levels (MRLs) set for fruits but very high (i.e., 300 times) when considering the MRLs for drinking or bottled water,” says the study, Determination of Pesticide Residues in Fruit-Based Soft Drinks

It makes you think twice about getting drinks containing “real fruit juices”. What does this mean for other beverages? Should we be snooping around getting more information on the amount of pesticides in all drinks? This information is definitely concerning and as a result we should all be more wary of soft drinks.

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Photo of Fanta on supermarket shelves by mborowick

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