The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued a warning that could potentially change the way a product made in Michigan is manufactured going forward, pointing out that an additive found in its ingredients is no longer safe to consume. The additive is Brominated vegetable oil (BVO).

As the Food Network wrote, many companies overseas are dumping this chemical which is slid into so many products:

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But BVO is not allowed as a food additive in Japan or in Europe. In 2013, PepsiCo announce that it would remove BVO from Gatorade products. In 2014, Coca-Cola announced removal of BVO from all products. Ingredient listings for Pepsi’s Diet Mountain Dew, Mountain Dew, and Dr. Pepper’s Diet Sun Drop and Crush Pineapple include BVO. Coke doesn’t list BVO in their ingredient listing.

Katherine Zeratsky, RD, LD, registered dietitian at the Mayo Clinic pointed out just how risky this additive can be to your health:

Health concerns about BVO stem from one of its ingredients, bromine. Bromine can irritate the skin, nose, mouth and stomach. It’s also been linked to neurologic symptoms in people who drink large quantities of citrus soda — more than 2 liters a day. And there are questions about whether bromine may build up in the body.

Faygo May Have To Change Their Ingredients

When they mentioned Citrus Pop, the first thing I thought of was Faygo, made here in Michigan, and sure enough, Moon Mist contains the harmful additive Brominated vegetable oil. If it's no longer safe to consume, will Faygo have to change its recipe for one of its most iconic flavors?

Luckily, Vernors doesn't appear to have the additive in their pop, but some flavors of Towne Club Soda, also made in Michigan do, so they may be next.

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