Possible benzene threat in Soft drinks, makers sued

Consumers in Massachusetts and Florida filed class-action lawsuits alleging that two soft drink makers Polar Beverages Inc. of Worcester and In Zone Brands Inc. of Austell sold products contain cancer-causing benzene.

Some consumer and environmental groups say that the Food and Drug Administration should make its test results public so consumers can make their own choices.

The two products cited in the suits are Polar Diet Orange Dry and In Zone’s Bellywasher containing 2/3 less Sugar. In the lab tests, the suit said, the Bellywashers drink had a benzene level 14 times higher than the limit on drinking water and the Polar beverage was almost twice as high.

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