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Mtn. Dew Latest To Drop Controversial Ingredient

PASADENA, CA - SEPTEMBER 28: Twenty-ounce plastic soda bottles that are among containers that could become subject to new return deposits are seen on a store shelf in a gas station food mart on September 28, 2009 in Pasadena, California. A new initiative being considered by California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger would impose or increase deposits on billions of recyclable plastic containers. Some of the containers that are currently exempt but would become subject to deposits include 8-ounce juice boxes, small foil juice pouches, half-gallon non-milk containers and juice jugs larger than 46 ounces. The state's recycling fund, begun in 1986, is nearly exhausted. The measure would take effect on July 1, 2010. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

PASADENA, CA – SEPTEMBER 28: Twenty-ounce plastic soda bottles that are among containers that could become subject to new return deposits are seen on a store shelf in a gas station food mart on September 28, 2009 in Pasadena, California. A new initiative being considered by California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger would impose or increase deposits on billions of recyclable plastic containers. Some of the containers that are currently exempt but would become subject to deposits include 8-ounce juice boxes, small foil juice pouches, half-gallon non-milk containers and juice jugs larger than 46 ounces. The state’s recycling fund, begun in 1986, is nearly exhausted. The measure would take effect on July 1, 2010. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

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NEW YORK (AP) – PepsiCo has joined Coca-Cola in saying it’s working to remove a controversial ingredient from all its drinks, including Mountain Dew.

The company had announced last year that it was removing the ingredient from Gatorade. Then on Monday, Coca-Cola said it is dropping the ingredient from all its drinks, including Powerade.

Brominated vegetable oil was the target of petitions by a Mississippi teenager who wanted it out of Gatorade and Powerade. The petition noted that the ingredient has been patented as a flame retardant and isn’t approved for use in Japan and the European Union.

Coca-Cola and PepsiCo have stood by the safety of the ingredient, which is used to distribute flavors more evenly in fruit-flavored drinks. But their decisions reflect the pressure companies are facing as over the ingredients they use.

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