It is interesting that the chemical showed up in all of the soda company’s samples except California, as it demonstrates how both Coke and Pepsi are extremely cautious about their products in the state. California recently added 4-MI to its list of chemicals covered by California’s Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986, and it was also the state that had the ballot initiative which would have required the sodas have a cancer warning on their packaging as well.
So why can Pepsi be so on top of things in the Golden State and not in the others? When presented with CEH’s results, the second largest soda company said the rest of its sodas would be modified in the United States by February 2014 — not an exactly comforting thought for any carbonated drinkers outside of California. Though regulators in the United States, Europe, and Canada maintain that they consider the chemical safe, it’s still a hard pill (or soda) to swallow for many consumers.