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RamboLiberal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 05:53 PM
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FDA finds benzene in soft drinks
http://www.realcities.com/mld/krwashington/14011276.htm

When small amounts of benzene, a known cancer-causing chemical, were found in some soft drinks 16 years ago, the Food and Drug Administration never told the public.

That's because the beverage industry told the government it would handle the problem and the FDA thought the problem was solved.

A decade and a half later, benzene has turned up again. The FDA has found levels in some soft drinks higher than what it found in 1990, and two to four times higher than what's considered safe for drinking water.

Both the FDA and the beverage industry said the amounts were small and that the problem didn't appear to be widespread.

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Vincardog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 05:54 PM
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1. And we can "TRUST THEM" right?
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juliana24 Donating Member (209 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 06:13 PM
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2. Now I know why they use hazmat placards on thier big trucks!!
Benzene is in gasoline and is carcinogenic.

Yikes !!!
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cdsilv Donating Member (883 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 06:31 PM
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3. Benzene with additives is basically gasoline....
...and it is used extensively in the manufacture of plastics, including 'food grade polyurethane'.

I worked in chemical industry for awhile.
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Flubadubya Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 06:39 PM
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4. Benzene is a nasty carcinogen...
Edited on Sat Mar-04-06 06:39 PM by Flubadubya
My Dad developed bladder cancer in his 70s from having worked around it at a Carbide chemical factory most of his adult life. This is some really serious stuff here! :wow:
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