Friend of the Earth (FOE) released a report on May 21, ‘Tiny Ingredients, Big Risks’, which warned of a tenfold increase in “unregulated, unlabelled ‘nanofood’ products” over the past six years in the States.
PepsiCo spokesman Jeff Dahncke told BeverageDaily.com that PepsiCo’s SoBe Elixir Orange Cream, cited as a source of nano-sized titanium dioxide (TIO2) in the report, does not even use the FDA-approved beverage brightener and whitener, also called E171 in the EU.
“I checked this and the SoBe product mentioned does not use this ingredient. I’m not sure where Friends of the Earth sourced the information,” Dahncke said.
In a further twist to the saga, the scientist behind the dataset Friends of the Earth says it used - taken from the PEN inventory of consumer products using nanotechnology - says the inventory misrepresented his conclusions in a 2013 study, which found titanium in some drinks but not TIO2.
'Not used in any US Powerade products'
Coca-Cola media relations director Petro Kacur told us internal enquiries led him to the same conclusion. “So far I’ve learned that titanium dioxide is not used in any US Powerade products,” he said.