Coca-Cola Says It Will Drop Controversial Ingredient From All Products

May 5, 2014 10:08 PM
Coca-Cola Says It Will Drop Controversial Ingredient From All Products
" ATLANTA (CBS Atlanta/AP)  — Coca-Cola says it will drop a controversial ingredient from all its drinks that contain it, not just Powerade.

The Atlanta-based company says brominated vegetable oil is still being used in some flavors of Fanta and Fresca, as well as several citrus-flavored fountain drinks. The change will apply to its drinks globally, meaning Canada and Latin America are phasing out the ingredient as well.

A spokesman for Coca-Cola, Josh Gold, noted that the ingredient is not used in many countries.

Brominated vegetable oil, or BVO, had been the target of petitions on Change by a Mississippi teenager, Sarah Kavanagh, who wanted it out of Gatorade and Powerade. The Food and Drug Administration says the ingredient is used as a stabilizer for flavoring oils in fruit-flavored drinks. But Kavanagh’s petition noted that it has been patented as a flame retardant and isn’t approved for use in Japan or the European Union.

The Associated Press reported on Sunday that Coca-Cola is dropping BVO from Powerade, following a similar move by PepsiCo’s Gatorade last year.

On Monday, Coca-Cola said in a statement that all its drinks are safe and comply with regulations in the countries where they’re sold "

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