Friday, 9 May 2014 01:17
Coca Cola in a statement said yesterday it does not use Brominated Vegetable Oil (BVO) in any of its products manufactured and sold in Sri Lanka.
Following is the full text of the statement:
Brominated Vegetable Oil (BVO) is used in some of our beverages available in some parts of the world, to improve the stability of our products, preventing certain ingredients from separating. All of our beverages, including those with BVO, are safe and always have been – and comply with all regulations in the countries where they are sold. The safety and quality of our products are our highest priority.
In the coming months, The Coca-Cola Company will be transitioning from the use of BVO to Sucrose Acetate Isobutyrate (SAIB) and/or glycerol ester of rosin (singly or in-combination). Glycerol ester of rosin is commonly found in chewing gum and beverages, and SAIB has been used in beverages for over 14 years. The global transition will be made across a variety of formulas from ready-to-drink to fountain machines and allows us to become consistent with the ingredients we use throughout the world. That said, we do not use BVO in any of our products manufactured and sold in Sri Lanka. In the United States, Powerade Fruit Punch and Powerade Strawberry Lemonade bottle varieties have already transitioned to the use of glycerol ester of rosin. We anticipate the transition will be complete for all of our beverages in the United States by the end of the year.