Coca-Cola and Pepsi contain minute traces of alcohol, a study has revealed.
The revelation will cause concern among those who chose the carbonated soft drink for religious, health or safety reasons.
According to a report published in the French magazine 60 Million Consumers researchers tested nineteen different kinds of colas. More than half of them contained tiny traces of alcohol. Only cheap supermarket versions of the drink are alcohol-free.
Only nine that did not contain alcohol were made by brands including Auchan, Cora, Casino, Leader Price and Man U-Cola. The ten which had traces of alcohol included Coca-Cola, Pepsi Cola, Coca-Cola Classic Light and Coke Zero.
They suggest that the alcohol levels are as low as 10mg in every litre, and this works out at around 0.001 per cent alcohol.
But still some aren’t happy with the finding such as – as MSN points out – Muslims – whose religion forbids any form of alcohol.
Coca-Cola France’s scientific director Michel Pepin said:“The Paris mosque gave us a certificate stating it can be consumed by the Muslim community.”
Mr Pepin admitted:‘It is possible that traces of alcohol come from the process’ of making Coca Cola according to its secret recipe.
PepsiCo acknowledged “some soft drinks can contain minute traces of alcohol because of the ingredients used” — but added: “The Pepsi Cola recipe does not contain alcohol.”
Pepsi and Coca-Cola did suggest that traces of alcohol could be produced as a result of natural fruit that ferments.