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Group calls cola color cancerous

Some chemically enhanced caramel food colorings used in widely consumed cola drinks could cause cancer and should be banned, a U.S. consumer advocacy group urged the Food and Drug Administration on Wed­nesday.

Some chemically enhanced caramel food colorings used in widely consumed cola drinks could cause cancer and should be banned, a U.S. consumer advocacy group urged the Food and Drug Administration on Wed­nesday.

Pure caramel is made from melted sugar, but two other versions approved to color food products include the chemical ammonia and produce compounds shown to cause various cancers in studies of animals, the Center for Science in the Public Interest said in a statement.

The group is petitioning the FDA to ban the ammonia-containing caramels, which are also used in other dark-colored soft drinks.

“The American public should not be exposed to any cancer risk whatsoever as a result of consuming such chemicals, especially when they serve a nonessential, cosmetic purpose,” several of the NIH scientists wrote in a letter to the FDA.

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