Almost after fifteen years, U.S. Food and Drug Administration has reached agreement upon Coca-Cola to remove benzene out of their soft drinks.

So, what is benzene?
Benzene is a major industrial contaminant, is a powerful solvent used in the manufacture of plastics. We take in a fair amount every day through air pollution and in drinking water. To ensure freshness, commonly used preservatives such as potassium benzoate and sodium benzoate are used together with ascorbic acid. The result is benzene.

Benzene level in soda?
Because of its high level of benzene concentration and its well know carcinogen; cancer causing agent. This benzene level of 5 and 138 parts per billion in Coca cola making it unsafe to drink
according to the EPA stated safe level of benzene is zero. In drinking water, the level should not exceed 5 parts per billion (ppb). Again, the levels can be vary which is very much dependent upon the heat and light. The usual levels in soft drinks are between 5 and 15 ppb.

However, it takes a lawsuit to resolve the problem with Coca-Cola, Pepsi, Sunny Delight and other companies or else nothing would have been done. Since then, Coca-Cola follows suit to remove benzene from their product lines by reformulating Vault Zero and Fanta Pineapple according to lighterfootstep news.

It goes to show that trusted company like no others especially to their widely publicized commercial products can make uninformed customer gradually deteriorating in health to much debated cancerous caused preservative agent. Finally, the 100% pure spring or distilled water is the best option so far.