File this under Things That Make Me Feel So Good…
Where’s Eric Clapton when we need him? Cocaine! (Little known fact: Eric Clapton’s version of the song was a cover. The song was original written and recorded by JJ Cale in 1976.)
Coke used to contain cocaine but even today it still contains an extract of the coca leaf. The Stepan Company does the processing in New Jersey and is the only facility in the United States licensed by the DEA to import coca leaves from Peru.
Approximately 100 metric tons of dried coca leaf are imported each year. The cocaine-free leaves are sold to The Coca Cola Company, while the active ingredient is sold to Mallinckrodt, a pharmaceutical firm, for medicinal purposes.
Source: Wikipedia – Stepan Company
Yes, the flavor of Coke is that importante!
What else is important to the flavor? The caramel coloring, without which Coke would be a “vile” clear beverage. The caramel coloring is a flavor component in addition to giving Coke it’s traditional color.
Then along comes California’s Prop 65 to take the fizzle out of Coke and Pepsi. Both companies had to change the way they make caramel coloring to avoid Prop 65 warning labels on their products, even though they claim the whole thing is a bunch of bullshit. They said they made the changes because they were legally obliged. How noble!
There will now be less 4-methylimidazole in Coke and Pepsi than before. Yeah, let’s defend 4-methylimidazole. That sounds delicious. Critics say that you’d have to drink 1,000 sodas a day to reach harmful amounts of 4-methylimidazole like those fed to rats. Sounds like typical Americans to me.
Meanwhile I’ve been wondering about the new iPad. Does it meet Prop 65 standards? Apparently so. I can find no hubbub in the “elite media” about The New iPad and Prop 65.
Tom’s Law #42
If the electronics product works then, by default, it must contain cancer causing chemicals and substances.
In the past, the Apple iPhone came under fire after Greenpeace disassembled one (what? noooooo!) and claimed that after 18 components were tested brominated flame retardants (BFRs) and polyvinyl chloride (PVC) were found, although both were found to be within levels found acceptable by U.S. and European regulations.
Without admitting it was doing anything wrong, Apple responded saying it would manufacture products without BFRs and PVC by the end of 2008.
Tom’s Law #42
What is best for the wallets of other people is seldom an effective way of measuring what is best for you.
In fact, I’m thinking about adding a Prop 65 warning to my website for my reader in California just to be on the safe side. I’m sure some of my bullshit more than qualifies!