Orange drinks with 300 times more pesticide than tap water

Posted on January 6, 2009. Filed under: Uncategorized |

Fizzy drinks sold by Coca-Cola have been found to contain pesticides at up to 300 times the level allowed in tap or bottled water.
A worldwide study found pesticide levels in orange and lemon drinks sold under the Fanta brand, which is popular with children, were at their highest in the UK.
The research team called on the Government, the industry and the company to act to remove the chemicals and called for new safety standards to regulate the soft drinks market.
The industry denies children are at risk and insists that the levels found by researchers based at the University of Jaen in southern Spain are not harmful.
The study uncovered pesticides in some fizzy drinks at up to 300 times the level permitted in tap water
The average level of the total pesticide contamination of the British drinks was 17.4 parts per billion  –  34.6 times the EU maximum residue level for water.
Coca-Cola GB insisted the products are safe. A spokesman said: ‘All of the drinks tested meet the safety regulations relating to food products made from agricultural ingredients, which include drinks with fruit juice as an ingredient.

‘The generally miniscule levels that were detected were well within the acceptable daily intake levels and these findings should reassure consumers there is no safety issue here.’
Read full from The Daily Mail

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