Coca-Cola Replaces Sweetner in Mexico After 30 Year US Ban
Calgary Herald
March 14, 2008

Beverages - Coca-Cola Co., the world's largest soft drink-maker, replaced a sweetener used in Coca-Cola Zero sold in Mexico that the U.S. banned 39 years ago because of possible links to cancer.

Consumers in Mexico last year criticized the Atlanta-based company's use of sodium cyclamate, which was banned in 1969 by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. A study of rats linked the chemical to an increased risk of cancer, according to the agency's website.

The new Coca-Cola Zero, which carries the label "without cyclamates" in Spanish, went on sale in February, Rafael Fernandez, a company spokesman, said Thursday in a telephone interview from Mexico City.

Coca-Cola made the change because of "significant advances in food technology that we did not have when we launched the formula in Mexico" in February 2007, Fernandez said. He said the change was not a reaction to consumer complaints.

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