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Consumer Reports Finds Dangerous Chemical in Sodas

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When it comes to drinking soda, there may be a lot more to worry about than all those extra calories.

According to Consumer Reports - a chemical found in the caramel coloring that's added to some soft drinks might cause cancer.

The problem is the chemical 4--methylimidazole or "4-mel." 

The World Health Organization and the state of California think the chemical may cause cancer. Because of those concerns, California limits manufacturers to 29 micrograms of 4-mel exposure, per consumer, a day.

Consumer Reports say two soda products it tested exceeded those limits. The elevated levels were found in cans of "Pepsi One" and "Malta Goya."

A Consumer Reports toxicologist says there's no reason for consumers to be exposed to the chemical, since it's avoidable and just used to color beverages.

But the FDA says there's no reason to believe 4-mel poses a health risk.

The agency told CNN it's testing a variety of food and beverages with the chemical and reviewing safety data to see if any regulatory action needs to be taken.

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