The Center For Environmental Health released horrifying results from a test showing how Pepsi covered up, intentionally, the amount of high levels of 4-Mel in its popular sodas, in 2013
It was in that exact timeframe when Pepsi blatantly denied both that this chemical was dangerous to the public and the high presence of it in their soft drinks. 4-Mel (4-Methylimidazole) is a known carcinogen that is formulated through caramel coloring. Since that year, the company has been on the defensive in maintaining compliance with the state of California after they mandated that there be a cancer warning label on their soft beverages: Pepsi, Pepsi One and Diet Pepsi.
There is now a settlement in place from a class-action lawsuit (State of California v. Pepsi Co, 2013) against Pepsi has attained approval from a federal judge in California. In one part of the settlement, Pepsi has come to an agreement by implementing test requirements based on specific protocols on the products, and as well, not allowing any level of 4-Mel to exceed over 100 parts per billion in any of their soft drinks that are shipped to the U.S.
This agreement was made a different case in California’s state court previously last year. The current settlement has expanded upon the measures from California to the entire nation.
Pepsi failed to warn consumers that its drinks contain known carcinogens
Due to the current lawsuit, California has labeled 4-mel a cancer-causing chemical and in that, accused the company of false advertising and the failure of notifying the public of the chemical. A test conducted in 2014, by Consumer Reports had shown that the chemical levels exceeded the allowed level of 29 micrograms per can or bottle, which entails that this company is indeed in clear an open, violation of California state law, common law and as far as consumer protection statutes.
To be more exact, this all violates California’s Proposition 65, which has been placed in 1985 and exists still in law. It entails a strict requirement on companies to convey/provide consumers with clear warnings when any of their products will pose a toxic or cancer-causing effect on their bodies eventually in the long-term.