FDA Weighs In: Does Soda Cause Cancer?

FDA Weighs In: Does Soda Cause Cancer?

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An advocacy group recently complained that findings show a chemical used in sodas caused tumors in animals, but the FDA disagrees about the potential health risks. (STAY AHEAD OF THE CURVE: Follow Kapitall on Twitter)

A person would have to drink more than a thousand cans of soda in a day to match the doses administered in studies that showed links to cancer in rodents, said FDA spokesman Douglas Karas (via Bloomberg).

The chemical of debate is 4-methylimidazole, used in coloring for sodas such as Coke, Pepsi, and Dr. Pepper. According to Michael F. Jacobson, executive director of the consumer group Center for Science in the Public Interest, “Coke and Pepsi, with the acquiescence of the FDA, are needlessly exposing millions of Americans to a chemical that causes cancer.”

The American Beverage Association called the claims "outrageous" and "nothing more than scare tactics." The FDA's Karas said the FDA has no reason to believe consumers are in danger. (via Bloomberg)

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Rumors of soda as a carcinogen have been around for decades, but do you think stories like this will start scaring consumers away? For a look at the soda industry, we list the largest US soft drink-makers trading on US exchanges.

Do you think they will see an aftershock from these rumors?

Interactive Chart: Use the Compar-O-Matic to compare market caps for the stocks mentioned below:


“1. Dr Pepper Snapple Group, Inc. (DPS, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Engages in the manufacture and distribution of non-alcoholic beverages in the United States, Canada, and Mexico. Market cap at $8.03B.


“2. National Beverage Corp. (FIZZ, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Develops, manufactures, markets, and distributes beverage products in the United States. Market cap at $715.49M.



“3. The Coca-Cola Company (KO, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Distributes, and markets nonalcoholic beverages worldwide. Market cap at $155.62B.



“4. Pepsico, Inc. (PEP, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Engages in the manufacture, marketing, and sale of foods, snacks, and carbonated and non-carbonated beverages worldwide. Market cap at $97.82B.



(Written by Alexander Crawford.)


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