An environmental watchdog group called The Center for Environmental Health said that the caramel coloring used in Pepsi still contains dangerous levels of a carcinogen. Carcinogens are chemicals that can potentially cause cancer.
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In March, PepsiCo Inc. and Coca-Cola Co. both said they would change their formulas following the passing of a California law regarding the permissible levels of carcinogens, as well as cancer warning labels.
While changes were made after the law passed, groups are saying the changes made are not enough. Levels of 4-Mel were found that are 4 to 8 times higher than California safety levels in all 10 Pepsi products purchased outside California.