Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Diet Soda Safe Despite High Benzene Levels, Per FDA

From the Washington Post:
Cancer-causing benzene has been found in soft drinks at levels above the limit considered safe for drinking water, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) acknowledged Wednesday. Even so, the FDA still believes there are no safety concerns about benzene in sodas, said Laura Tarantino, the agency's director of food additive safety.

"We haven't changed our view that right now, there is not a safety concern," she said. "But what we need to do is understand how benzene forms and to ensure the industry is doing everything to avoid those circumstances."
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