Chances are you live a stone’s throw away from a Thai restaurant in your neighborhood, and you’ve got a go-to local favorite for pad thai. These days I often find myself traveling north of Berkeley, where there’s quite a few wonderful Thai eateries clustered in Albany, El Cerrito and San Pablo locales.
A new study from Consumer Reports finds varying levels of 4-MEI –listed as a carcinogen in California — in popular sodas. The chemical is created during the manufacturing of caramel color used to dye sodas brown. Coke has reformulated its sodas to bring down levels, but Pepsi is still transitioning.
In 2011, California listed 4-MEI, the chemical that Coke and Pepsi used to obtain caramel coloring for their colas, as a carcinogen. Both sodas have been reformulated for sale in the state — but tests show 4-MEI is still common in Pepsi colas sold elsewhere.