Brad Reifler states that according to a study published in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives, a chemical additive found in most carbonated beverages and laxatives, which has been deemed as safe by government health authorities, may prompt the onset of obesity in individuals.

The chemical additive, dioctyl sodium sulfosuccinate (DOSS), assists in the blending of ingredients and is a primary additive in the formulation, Corexit, a chemical dispersant that was utilized to break up, and disperse oil accumulations, in the Gulf of Mexico, during the major oil spill catastrophe, in 2010. Though the chemical has been used in various applications for over 60 years, only now has it garnered attention from health advocacy groups, concerned about its impact on individuals.

The non-profit health and environmental organization, the Environmental Working Group, indicated that DOSS is currently an additive in popular consumer products such as Hawaiian Punch Fruit Drinks, Coca-Cola Company product, “Fanta” soda, and Flavor-Air brand soft drink products. The potential that DOSS is an additive in other products is potentially high, as quantities added to formulas can be small enough to not reported to governmental agencies.

The United States Food and Drug Administration approved DOSS as “generally recognized as safe,” when Cytec Industries sought use approval in 1998. No inquiries were made by the government, and in essence, rubber-stamped the application for approval. FDA spokesperson Marianna Naum indicated the study would be assessed, but will decline further comment.

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