High Levels of Carcinogen Reportedly Still Found in Pepsi (PEP)

High Levels of Carcinogen Reportedly Still Found in Pepsi (PEP)


On Wednesday, an environmental group reported that beverage company, PepsiCo, Inc. (PEP) still includes a significant amount of carcinogen in Pepsi.

Both Pepsi and Coca-Cola (KO) announced in March that they would both lessen the amount of carcinogen in their beverages. This came after a California law was passed that would require beverage companies to include a cancer warning on the beverages with high levels of carcinogen.

Although the changes were made for beverages sold in California, the environmental group reported that beverages sold everywhere else still contained high levels of the chemical. Coca-Cola did adjust its formula to remove the chemical.

The chemical, 4-methylimidazole is formed during the cooking process and can be found in many different types of food. The Food and Drug Administration reported that this chemical is not harmful to humans.

PepsiCo shares were down $1.11, or 1.36%, during Wednesday morning trading. The stock is up 18% YTD.

The Bottom Line

Shares of PepsiCo, Inc. (PEP) have a 2.80% yield based on Wednesday morning’s price of $81.00.

PepsiCo, Inc. (PEP) is not recommended at this time, holding a Dividend.com DARS™ Rating of 3.4 out of 5 stars.

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