The best of EcoWatch, right in your inbox. Sign up for our email newsletter!
Coca-Cola to Remove Chemical Linked to Flame Retardants From Its Beverages
Coca-Cola announced on Monday that the company is moving to eliminate a controversial chemical used in many of its products after consumers expressed concerns, reports the Associated Press.
Photo courtesy of Shutterstock
The disputed ingredient, brominated vegetable oil (BVO) is used to regulate flavoring oils in the company's citrus-flavored drinks, including but not limited to, Fresca and some varieties of Fanta.
The company was moved to act after a Mississippi teenager, Sarah Kavanagh, started a petition on Change.org to remove BVO from Gatorade and Powerade. Her petition noted that BVO is patented as a flame retardant and was not approved for use in the European Union or Japan.
In 2012 the Rodale Institute listed this "flame retardant laced soda" as one of the 15 Grossest Things You're Eating, saying that BVO has been linked to multiple health problems like skin lesions, memory loss and nerve disorders. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration considers BVO safe for use as a food additive.
The Associated Press points out that the ingredient is still used in other soft drinks including Mountain Dew, Sun Drop and Squirt.
YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE
EcoWatch Daily Newsletter
By Cathy Cassata
Are you getting your fill of Starbucks' new Almondmilk Honey Flat White, Oatmilk Honey Latte, and Coconutmilk Latte, but wondering just how healthy they are?
1982 American Petroleum Institute Report Warned Oil Workers Faced 'Significant' Risks From Radioactivity
By Sharon Kelly
Back in April last year, the Trump administration's Environmental Protection Agency decided it was "not necessary" to update the rules for toxic waste from oil and gas wells. Torrents of wastewater flow daily from the nation's 1.5 million active oil and gas wells and the agency's own research has warned it may pose risks to the country's drinking water supplies.
The mounting climate emergency may spur the next global financial crisis and the world's central banks are woefully ill equipped to handle the consequences, according to a new book-length report by the Bank for International Settlements (BIS), as S&P Global reported. Located in Basel, Switzerland, the BIS is an umbrella organization for the world's central banks.