Coke and Pepsi contain alcohol traces
A recent test on the soft drinks revealed that that more than half of leading soft drinks including Coke and Pepsi, contain some traces of alcohol.
The findings can be reason of stir among the people using the carbonated soft drink for religious, health or safety reasons.
The test was conducted by National Institute of Consumption (INC), Paris that found more than half of leading colas contain the traces of alcohol, the Daily Mail reported.
The traces of alcohol were found in the soft drinks of giants like Coca-Cola and Pepsi Cola too. However, the cheap supermarket versions of the drink were found alcohol-free.
The results of the test were published in the latest issue of French magazine '60 Million Consumers.'
The findings of the test suggest that the alcohol levels are as low as 10mg in per litre, and this works out at around 0.001 per cent alcohol.
Though, the percentage of alcohol content may not be harmful but can be reason of great concern and upset for thousands of Muslims who regularly drink Cola as their religion forbids them from drinking alcohol.
This can be a reason of worry for those too who are teetotal and drink Coke regularly.
Out of total 19 colas tested, the nine which did not contain alcohol were made by brands including Auchan, Cora, Casino, Leader Price and Man U-Cola.
However, Coca-Cola, Pepsi Cola, Coca-Cola Classic Light and Coke Zero were found positive with the traces of alcohol.
Michel Pepin, scientific director for Coca-Cola France, said that "It is
possible that traces of alcohol come from the process" of making Coca Cola
according to its secret recipe.
He, however, insisted that Coca-Cola drinks were provably "soft" and recognised as such "by the government authorities in which they are sold."
"Furthermore, the Paris Mosque has provided us with a certificate stating that our products can be consumed by the Muslim community in line with the religious opinions of the Committee of the Mosque of Paris," Pepin added.
A spokesman for Pepsi said "some soft drinks can contain minute traces of alcohol because of the ingredients used," although "the Pepsi Cola recipe does not contain alcohol."
Moreover, both the companies claimed that natural fruit can ferment and produce minute traces of alcohol.
-With inputs from ANI
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