Benzene in Beverages
Meadows, Michelle, FDA Consumer
The Food and Drug Administration is working with the beverage industry to ensure that benzene levels in soft drinks and other beverages are as low as possible. Benzene is a chemical used in dyes and detergents, and in some plastics. It's also released into the air from automobile emissions and results from burning coal and oil. Benzene may be produced in soft drinks and other beverages with certain ingredient combinations. High levels of benzene in workplace air have caused cancer in workers.
The FDA has no regulatory limits for benzene in beverages other than bottled water. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has established a maximum contaminant level for benzene of 5 parts per billion …
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Publication information: Article title: Benzene in Beverages. Contributors: Meadows, Michelle - Author. Magazine title: FDA Consumer. Volume: 40. Issue: 5 Publication date: September-October 2006. Page number: 9+. © 1999 U.S. Government Printing Office. COPYRIGHT 2006 Gale Group.
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