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Health Canada Tests Pop


April 29, 2008
By Canadian Vending Staff

MONTREAL (CP) – Health Canada is testing soft drinks sold in Canada after a cancer-causing ingredient used in gasoline was found in similar beverages in the United States and Britain, Montreal La Presse reported last month.

MONTREAL (CP) – Health Canada is testing soft drinks sold in Canada after a cancer-causing ingredient used in gasoline was found in similar beverages in the United States and Britain, Montreal La Presse reported last month.

However, the federal Health Department has not advised consumers to change their purchasing habits.
The decision to do the test follows the discovery of levels of benzene in soft drinks in the U.S. and Britain that are higher than the levels normally found in drinking water. Benzene is a minor component of gasoline.
In the U.S., the soft drink industry has not contested the presence of the ingredient in some beverages and says it’s caused by an interaction of two other ingredients, absorbic acid and sodium benzoate.  o

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