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    FDA Benzene Report out…kind of

    The FDA has been very hush hush about their soda/Benzene testing. First they assured us that there was no problem, and then a little later they said that “Well, there’s sort of a problem, but kinda not really. We’ll wait until the test results are complete before we make any conclusions.”

    The report is now out and the FDA concludes…

    Because of the limited survey data to date, we cannot yet understand the sources of variation in measured benzene levels, such as variability between different product lots and the effects of storage and handling.

    Translated into english, they’re saying “We don’t know what the heck is going on. There’s too much data to look at to give a full conclusion, and don’t you worry your pretty little heads that this is an issue you need to worry about, or that there would be major ramifications to the Soda Industry if we actually committed to a conclusion of any sort”

    Okay, so I embellished the last bit there.

    It appears as if there’s still more testing to do, and the FDA has not commited to any future updates on this issue of yet.

    Meanwhile, it’s probably a good idea to get rid of your stockpiles of Safeway Select Diet Orange, AquaCal Strawberry Flavored Water Beverage, Crystal Light Sunrise Classic Orange or Giant Light Cranberry Juice Cocktail, all of which were shown to have an excess of benzene after the completion of some of the tests, anywhere between 23 to 79 parts per billion (remember, anything over 5 parts per billion should make you sit up and take notice).

    Thanks to Parke over at U.S. Food Policy

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    The FDA, Soft Drinks, and Benzene

    Here’s a chance to compare and contrast.

    Last week, the FDA on Benzene in soft drinks (and I’m paraphrasing here):

    “Benzene in soda? Pfffft. There’s no problem here in the U.S. with that”.

    This week, this is the FDA’s take on the issue:

    “eh-heh-heh. eh-heh. Remember last week when we said that there were no problems with Benzene in our soft drinks? Yeah, well…we sorta mispoke. It seems that there is a wee tiny problem. But there’s no safety problems…

    …we think.”

    UPDATE:
    Dr. Ruth Kava, she of the American Council of Science and Health, believes that the benzene issue is waaaay overblown.

    From her article:

    Benzene is indeed a human carcinogen at high levels; people who are exposed to it at high concentrations in workplace air have an increased risk of cancer. But the director of the British Food Safety Agency has noted that people would need to drink more than twenty quarts of a beverage with ten ppb of benzene to equal the amount one would breathe from city air in one day.

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