Food Unwrapped: How much plastic is in YOUR fizzy drinks

How much plastic is in YOUR fizzy drinks: Food Unwrapped researchers find 3mm piece in a can of Coca Cola and 19 pieces in one litre of Pepsi Max

  • Plastic discovered in all tested UK soft drinks, C4’s Food Unwrapped revealed
  • Fanta was lowest with 6 pieces found and Pepsi Max was highest with 19 pieces 
  • Food safety expert Daniella Moritz found 3mm piece of plastic in coca-cola can
  • Plastic so prevalent in food chain we eat equivalent of credit card every week 

Food safety experts have discovered microplastics lurking in all tested UK soft drinks in plastic bottles – and even found a piece which measured 3mm in a can of Coca-Cola.

In tonight’s episode of Channel 4’s Food Unwrapped, Jimmy Doherty travels to Rome to meet food safety expert Daniella Moritz. 

She recently discovered that 90% of soft drinks on sale in Italian supermarkets had microplastics in them and the team wants to see if the same was true of our soft drinks and put six popular UK drinks to the test.

The results were shocking and microplastics were found in all the UK soft drinks in plastic bottles with results ranging in size from 40 – 50 microns, which is less than the diameter of the average human hair. 

A UK-bought can of Coca-Cola had microplastics in it which measured 3mm – which is the biggest piece of plastic Dr Moritz has ever seen. Pictured, stock image


Within the tests Fanta (pictured, left) was the lowest with 6 pieces found and Pepsi Max (right) was the highest with 19 pieces of microplastics floating around in one litre

Within the tests Fanta was the lowest with 6 pieces found and Pepsi Max was the highest with 19 pieces of microplastics floating around in one litre.

To ensure the results were accurate and the plastic wasn’t coming from the bottles which the soft drinks were in, the team also tested the same drinks from cans. 

The results were lower but microplastcis were still found in all of the drinks. Following further tests, a UK-bought can of Coca-Cola had microplastics in it which measured 3mm – which is the biggest piece of plastic Dr Moritz has ever found.

THE FINDINGS (MICROPLASTIC FRAGMENTS PER LITRE)

BOTTLES

FANTA: 6

SPRITE: 7.5

COCA COLA: 13.3

SCHWEPPES TONIC: 14

7 UP: 16.5

PEPSI MAX: 19  

CANS

FANTA: 7

 SPRITE: 5

COCA COLA: 12

SCHWEPPES TONIC: 9.5

 7 UP: 10

PEPSI MAX: 15.5

 

A can of Sprite was found to have 5 fragments of microplastic per litre. Pictured, stock image


A can of 7 UP (pictured, left) was found to contain 10 fragments per litre, while Schweppes Tonic had 9.5 (pictured, right)

Food safety expert Daniella Moritza found a UK-bought can of Coca-Cola had microplastics in it which measured 3mm

Daniella said it is the biggest piece of plastic she has ever found. Pictured, plastic in the dish

Following the test all of the brands were made aware of the findings and the British soft drinks association said, ‘their members operate some of the most stringent quality standards in the entire food and drink sector’. 

Coca Cola said they ‘are working with industry groups and regulators to further their understanding of microplatics’ and added they ‘run testing through the production process to ensure quality. 

They have strict filtration systems which should ensure no large particles can make their way into the finished product’.

With the reality of microplastics being part of our food chain, Dr Moritz said: ‘Mircoplastics are everywhere so they may be in the tap water they are using in production. 

‘It makes the problem so wide spread it makes it impossible for manufactures to avoid.’

Within the tests Fanta was the lowest with 6 pieces found and Pepsi Max was the highest with 19 pieces of microplastics floating around in one litre. Pictured, Daniella looking under the microscope

Coca Cola said they ‘are working with industry groups and regulators to further their understanding of microplatics’ and added they ‘run testing through the production process to ensure quality. Pictured, Jimmy Doherty pointing at the 33mm piece of microplastic in the UK-bought can of Coca-Cola

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