Coke, Pepsi make changes to avoid cancer warning

Coke, Pepsi make changes to avoid cancer warning

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A man walks by a factory of Coca Cola company in Thessaloniki on 29 February, 2012. Coca-Cola Hellenic Bottling Company announced the closure of two production lines in Thessaloniki and Patras, in the context of the group 3E restructuring program aimed at reducing operational costs. AFP PHOTO / Sakis Mitrolidis (Photo credit should read SAKIS MITROLIDIS/AFP/Getty Images)

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by CANDICE CHOI

AP Food Industry Writer

Posted on March 8, 2012 at 2:06 PM

Updated Thursday, Oct 17 at 4:12 PM

NEW YORK (AP) -- Coca-Cola Co. and PepsiCo Inc. are changing the way they make the caramel coloring used in their sodas as a result of a California law that mandates drinks containing a certain level of carcinogens bear a cancer warning label.

The companies said the changes will be expanded nationally to streamline their manufacturing processes. They are already in effect to comply with the California law.

Coca Cola and Pepsi say their drinks have always been safe and that their sodas will not taste any different.

A Food and Drug Administration spokesman noted that a consumer would have to drink more than 1,000 cans of soda a day to reach the doses administered that have shown links to cancer in rodents.

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