Latest News:  


Pepsi to reduce use of toxic chemical

By  Liu Xiaozhuo  (China Daily)

16:20, July 05, 2013

PepsiCo China said Thursday the company is taking measures to cut the amount of 4-methylimidazole, or 4-Mel, in its caramel coloring, after an American environmental group reported Wednesday that Pepsi products contain high levels of the cancer-causing chemical.

The Center for Environmental Health found Pepsi products bought in 10 states outside California still contains high levels of 4-Mel.

PepsiCo China said in a statement to National Business Daily that the caramel coloring Pepsi used in China is legal according to local laws and regulations.

A PepsiCo statement in response said their caramel coloring suppliers are modifying the production process to reduce the amount of 4-Mel.

"The work has been done in California; the rest of the US will be completed by February 2014," the statement said. "PepsiCo suppliers are also undertaking this effort globally."

Despite Pepsi's promise, Michael Green, CEH's executive director, said, "Pepsi's delay is inexplicable. We urge the company to take swift action to provide all Americans with the same safer product they're selling in California."

PepsiCo's share prices fell 1.2 percent on Wednesday.

An unnamed Chinese food expert said that safety issues about 4-Mel have not come up in China. "But it is possible 4-Mel can cause cancer," the expert said.

We Recommend:

Chinese investors' happiness and sadness

Top 10 luxury villas of China in 2013

Soft gold -- gambiered Guangdong silk

China's 1st intelligent
high-speed train tested

Glamorous models pose at Shenyang auto show

Top 10 cities where home prices are set to soar

High-end singles party attracts swarm of girls

Beijing's taxicabs in 30 years

12th Int'l Automobile Industry Expo kicks off

Email|Print|Comments(Editor:WangXin、Chen Lidan)

Leave your comment0 comments

  1. Name


Selections for you

  1. Special operation members in training

  2. Chinese fleet conducts confrontation training in Sea of Japan

  3. Statue of Liberty reopens to public

  4. Mature couples relive their wedding day

  5. Photo story:
    Teaching diary

  6. Zoo animals searches coolness in summer

  7. Coolest weekly sports photos

  8. “Tiny Times” for Fashion Weekly

  9. New head to steer COSCO

  10. Diagnose crisis of China's solar sector

Most Popular


  1. Transparency urged in China's college enrollment
  2. Nokia deal will not affect business in China
  3. Obama trying to get foothold in Africa
  4. CIC needs to recruit global talent: analysts
  5. China to strengthen ties with Uganda
  6. Hot weather brings wave of health problems
  7. Wealthy individuals 'see education as asset'
  8. Unite to prevent violence against women
  9. Dogs are the responsibility of their owners
  10. Pakistani PM's China trip to boost economic co-op

What’s happening in China

'Prince's cool idea in summer': Carving on watermelon to boost sales

  1. SW China landslide buries nine
  2. Passenger detained over bomb hoax in NE China
  3. 4 die in Shanghai factory collapse
  4. HK looks at lifting baby formula restrictions
  5. 3 students drowned, 1 missing in SW China