Pepsi, Goya Hit With Class Action Lawsuit Over Caramel Coloring Safety Claims

By on January 27, 2014
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Class action lawsuits have been filed in California federal court against PepsiCo and Goya, accusing the beverage companies of concealing carcinogens in its soft drinks.  As Class Action Central previously reported, a Consumer Reports analysis concluded that certain beverages contained a chemical linked to cancer, 4-methylimidazole (4-MeI), above legal limits permitted by a California law.  The carcinogen was caused by the added caramel coloring which makes the beverages brown.

According to tests, several PepsiCo and Goya brands contained more than 29 micrograms of 4-MeI per can or bottle.  A California law passed in 2012 states that any beverage that contains more than 29 micrograms of 4-MeI in a can or bottle needs to have a cancer warning label.  None of the beverages evaluated had such a warning label.

Consumer Reports has asked the The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the California Attorney General’s office to look into the claims set forth by the test results.

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