Coke to drop controversial ingredient entirely

Coke to drop controversial ingredient entirely

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Various flavors of Powerade sports drink sit for sale on a refrigerator shelf in a store on May 5, 2014 in New York City. Coca-Cola has announced it will remove a controversial ingredient, Brominated Vegetable Oil (BVO), from Powerade after a similar move by PepsiCo's Gatorade last year.

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Posted on May 5, 2014 at 1:07 PM

NEW YORK (AP) — Coca-Cola says it will drop a controversial ingredient from a variety of its drinks, not just Powerade.

The Atlanta-based company says brominated vegetable oil is still being used in some flavors of Fanta and Fresca, as well as several citrus-flavored fountain drinks.

The ingredient — which Coca-Cola says prevents certain ingredients from separating — had been the target of a petition by a Mississippi teenager. The ingredient will be replaced with others that fill the same function.

The Associated Press reported Sunday that Coca-Cola is dropping BVO from Powerade, following a similar move by PepsiCo's Gatorade last year.

Although companies stand by the safety of BVO, they say such changes are in response to customer feedback. Several companies have changed recipes as people look for foods they feel are natural.

 

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