Benzene Found in Some Soft Drinks

1 decade 3 years 10 months ago Tuesday, May 23 2006 May 23, 2006 Tuesday, May 23, 2006 4:34:53 PM CDT May 23, 2006 in News
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WASHINGTON (AP) - A government analysis of 100 soft drinks has found high levels of a cancer-causing chemical in five beverages. Federal rules limit benzene levels in drinking water to five parts per billion. The Food and Drug Administration analysis found benzene levels as high as 79 parts per billion in one lot of Safeway Select Diet Orange. The other drinks were Crush Pineapple, AquaCal Strawberry Flavored Water Beverage, Crystal Light Sunrise Classic Orange and Giant Light Cranberry Juice Cocktail. Benzene can form in soft drinks containing Vitamin C and either sodium benzoate or potassium benzoate. The drinks must also be exposed to heat or light to trigger the reaction that forms benzene. The FDA says the companies involved have reformulated their products or plan to do so.

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