Pepsi to get the lead out of painted bottle labels

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventThe settlement was reached with state Attorney General Bill Lockyer and Los Angeles City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo, whose offices found that labels printed in Mexico can contain up to 45 percent lead. The lead can rub off and be ingested, their studies found. It can lead to birth defects, learning disabilities and cancer, and requires a warning label under California’s Proposition 65. “It’s a labeling thing, not a safety issue,” said Pepsi spokesman Dave DeCecco, noting the bottles with the lead-based ink were brought illegally to California. Pepsi will pay another $500,000 toward keeping the leaded bottles out of California and discouraging lead exposure, and $750,000 to cover investigative costs and attorneys’ fees. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SACRAMENTO – PepsiCo Inc. on Friday agreed to end its practice of using labels containing lead-based ink on soft drink bottles sold in Mexico. The bottles had begun turning up in California and violated the state’s strict toxic substances law. PepsiCo, based in Purchase, NY, also will eliminate 95 percent of lead-painted bottles in Mexico within seven years and phase them out in 10 years. The settlement was filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court. It requires the company to pay a $1 million civil penalty and another $4.25 million if it doesn’t meet the seven-year phase-out target. last_img

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