The companies said the changes will be expanded nationally to streamline their manufacturing processes.
Coca-Cola and Pepsi are changing the way they make their drinks to avoid having to label their products with a cancer warning to comply with California law. The change comes after the pressure group the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) began pushing regulators to force manufacturers to remove a chemical used to make caramel color in cans of Coca-Cola, Pepsi-Cola, Dr Pepper Snapple Group Inc’s Dr. Pepper, and Whole Foods’ 365 Cola. The companies directed its caramel suppliers to modify their manufacturing processes to reduce the levels of the chemical 4-methylimidazole, which can be formed during the cooking process and as a result may be found in trace amounts in many foods. The changes have already been made for drinks sold in California.