- The Washington Times - Monday, February 18, 2013

The nonprofit Center for Science in the Public Interest issued a press release last week comparing sugary soda, such as Pepsi, to a “ruthlessly efficient bioweapon.”

The group claims that a typical 20-ounce bottle of soda contains about 16 teaspoons of sugar — twice the daily limit recommended by the American Heart Association.

“As currently formulated, Coke, Pepsi, and other sugar-based drinks are unsafe for regular human consumption,” said CSPI Executive Director Michael F. Jacobson. “Like a slow-acting but ruthlessly efficient bioweapon, sugar drinks cause obesity, diabetes, and heart disease. The FDA should require the beverage industry to re-engineer their sugary products over several years, making them safer for people to consume, and less conducive to disease.”

The group has filed a 54-page proposal to the Food and Drug Administration, urging it to “determine a safe level of added sugars for beverages as part of a comprehensive strategy to reduce Americans’ dangerously high sugar consumption.”

The CSPI’s most recent claim to fame was back in 2010 when it unsuccessfully sued McDonald’s to remove toys from Happy Meals.

• Jessica Chasmar can be reached at jchasmar@washingtontimes.com.

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