Spain Researchers Find Pesticides in Fanta
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
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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