Hattiesburg teen's petition helps drop controversial ingredient from Coke products

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Coca-cola and Pepsi announced this week they will be removing the controversial ingredient Brominated Vegetable Oil from all their products.

Last year Pepsi announced it would remove BVO from Gatorade after Hattiesburg teen Sarah Kavanagh started an online petition at Change.Org. After doing research on the ingredient she found it had been patented as a flame retardant and isn't approved in many other parts of the world. The online petition had been signed by 260,000 people.

"It's great that big companies like Coke and Pepsi are listening to consumer concerns and they care about what we are thinking," said Kavanagh. "Obviously me and 260,000 other people are worried and because of this they are doing the right thing by taking it out."

Coke said they would phase BVO out of all its products by the end of the year.

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