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The Coca-Cola Company and PepsiCo have insisted that their products are in compliance with Chinese safety standards.

The US soft drinks giants were responding to Chinese media reports that two brands - Coke's Fanta and Pepsi's Mirinda - were suspected of containing excessive levels of benzene.

The Chinese Ministry of Health had stated that benzene levels in drinking water should be less than 10 parts per billion.

Pepsi and Coke insisted that the benzene level in their products met safety standards.

"We've looked at this very closely and our products are absolutely safe," a Pepsi spokesman told just-drinks from Purchase, New York.

Coke also stressed that its products met Chinese regulations.

"The Coca-Cola Company's products are and remain safe, and they comply with all applicable regulations," a Coke spokesperson told just-drinks.

"The company is aware that extremely low levels of benzene - in parts per billion - may be found under certain conditions in some very specific formulations containing sodium and potassium benzoates. Sodium and potassium benzoates are used to retard spoilage and protect taste.

"However, we are confident in the safety of the beverages we are offering our consumers."

The reports follow controversy in the UK and the US over the level of benzene in soft drinks. Benzene has been detected at low levels in some soft drinks as a natural result of interaction between the preservative sodium benzoate and ascorbic acid (Vitamin C).


Sectors: Soft drinks, Water

Companies: PepsiCo

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