Spain Researchers Find Pesticides in Fanta
By Aislinn Simpson
The Telegraph
January 5, 2009

The multinational said the "minuscule" amounts of the chemicals were well within accepted limits and the orange and lemon products were safe to drink.

Researchers in Spain tested 102 cans and bottles of fizzy drink bought from 15 countries for the presence of pesticides.

It found that the drinks bought in the UK, in London, Cambridge, Edinburgh, St Andrews and Gatwick Airport, contained the highest levels of pesticides.

The study found that the levels were well below the maximum allowed for fruit, but up to 300 times the levels found in bottled or tap water.

The University of Jaen study team called on the Government, the soft drinks industry and the company to remove the chemicals - which are mainly applied to fruit to stop it developing fungal infections and rotting. They also called for a new safety standard to regulate the soft drinks market.

But a spokesman for Coca Cola insisted it was acting within the rules "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," he said.

"The generally minuscule levels that were detected were well within the acceptable daily intake levels and these findings should reassure consumers there is no safety issue here."

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