Coke Sued to Stop Using Leaded Labels

Coke? Will that be unleaded or regular? California prefers the former and sued Coca-Cola yesterday, asking it to pretty please with a dead baby on top, to stop using lead-based paint on their labels. Reports the LA Times:

    “According to the suit, the labels on glass bottles of Mexican-made Coca-Cola, Coca-Cola Light (Diet Coke), Fanta and Sprite are contaminated with high levels of lead and cadmium that can rub off on hands and possibly be ingested. “Lead is so toxic that even minuscule amounts can be hazardous to human health,” the suit says.

    A joint investigation by Lockyer’s and Delgadillo’s offices found that painted labels on Mexican soft drinks, which are popular particularly with Southern California Latinos, contained as much as 45% lead.”

On April 21st, California similarly sued Pepsi who ended up agreeing to not use lead-based paint on new bottles and to remove all leaded bottles within the generous time-frame of 10 years.

Mmm, now you know why kids love soda pop like dogs love antifreeze.

CA Cokes Over Lead in Labels” [LAT] [photo]

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  1. nweaver says:

    How bout doing one better: How about getting rid of the sugar import tariffs so Coca Cola can swich back to Sucrose for their coke in the US, so we don’t have to keep getting it from Mexico?

  2. e says:

    That must be one of the reasons Mexican coke is so yummy. . . lead and sugarcane.

  3. Papercutninja says:

    So why dont they just drink American coke? I wouldn’t trust anything from a third-world country.

  4. nweaver says:

    Because US coke is far inferior.

    Mexican Coke and Pepsi use real sugar. The only time you can get real sugar coke in the US that isn’t an import is to get Kosher for Passover Coke in New York during, guess what, Passover.

    Real sugar coke tasts far better than high fructose corn syrup coke, in my and many other people’s opinion.

    As for Diet, for some reason Coke Lite (mexican) does taste better than US diet coke. But I think Coke Zero is very close to Mexican Coke Lite.

  5. Ben Popken says:

    Sorcha writes:

    “As it happens, I live in California and bought a Mexican Coke from my local BevMo (Beverages and More) last week. Thanks to California law, specifically Prop. 65, there was a big warning label on the shelf underneath it that said the label was chock-full-o’-lead. I brought it home, immediately peeled off the label and threw it away, and washed my hands vigorously before putting it in the fridge. I shudder to think of how much lead people might be absorbing if they don’t know and are clutching the bottle in their hand all day.

    As the commentors said, the Mexican Coke is soooo much better since they use REAL sugar instead of corn syrup. To get the real Real Thing (TM) I was willing to pay $1.69 plus recycling fee for 500 ml (about 20 oz).

    Forget the illegal immigration issue — let’s have a two-nation consensus to make all bottles of Coke with sucrose and without lead!”

  6. OkiMike says:

    A better question would be, “Why are they using lead-based paints in their labeling at all?” It’s not like it’s cheaper or anything.

    Why would you knowingly do something so slimy, so despicable, so wrong? What a bunch of fuckheads.