The Los Angeles Times reports
that PepsiCo is removing brominated vegetable oil (BVO) from its Gatorade beverages. The chemical is a patented flame retardant in Europe. It is described
as a vegetable oil with bromine atoms bonded to it. Concentrations of BVO is limited as a food additive in the United States. It is completely restricted as a food additive in Europe and Japan.
A recent Change.org petition
calling for the removal of BVO from Gatorade received over 200,000 supporters. The New York Times reports
that the petition was started by 15-year-old Sarah Kavanagh who Googled the term after reading on the ingredient list on the label and was shocked to find results that listed neurological disorders as a possible side effect.
The L.A. Times
says PepsiCo plans to swap BVO in Gatorade with sucrose acetate isobutyrate. The reformed beverages will hit the market in coming months. PepsiCo has no plans to recall Gatorade products containing BVO. They also have no current plans to remove BVO from Mountain Dew. Some other products that contain BVO are Powerade, Fanta Orange, Fresca, Squirt and Snapple.