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Coca-Cola, Pepsi to Remove Controversial Drink Ingredient

Coca-Cola Co., the world’s largest beverage maker, plans to remove brominated vegetable oil from all its U.S. drinks by the end of this year, abandoning an ingredient that has been targeted by food activists.

The additive, known as BVO, will be taken out of both ready-to-drink beverages and fountain-machine formulas, Coca-Cola spokesman Josh Gold said in a statement yesterday. BVO is used as a stabilizer in drinks like Powerade, helping prevent ingredients from separating. PepsiCo Inc., after removing BVO from Gatorade last year, said that it too is replacing the additive in the rest of its lineup.