FYI and FWIW -
When my dad worked for a beverage company, he hauled tank cars of fruit juice concentrate and soft drink syrups for a beverage manufacturing company in Washington. He had to have a haz mat endorsement on his commercial driver license because the commodities hauled were considered a corrosive hazard (pH < 2). The truck didn't have to be placarded because the materials were for human consumption (guess who came to that regulation writing party?) but he did have to have all of the other haz mat requirements in place. I don't drink fruit juice from concentrate and I rarely drink soda, preferring iced tea and sparkling water. Or a nice lager on a hot day. J
Students in my classes usually report false information regarding phosphoric acid in Coca Cola.
According to Snopes http://www.snopes.com/cokelore/acid.asp, Coca Cola contains 11 to 13 g phosphoric acid per gallon of syrup. This works out to be 0.20 to 0.30% of the total formula. The syrup is diluted with carbonated water for serving so that should reduce the phosphoric acid to 0.02 to 0.03% or less.
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From: Frankie Wood-Black
Sent: Wednesday, July 23, 2014 5:19 AM
Subject: [DCHAS-L] Fwd: New Pitch - Potential Side Effects of Chlorine Dioxide: Your request on chlo...
This is a reporter that is looking for some help on a story - anyone what to contact him? There is a part A and a part B - the part B has phosphoric acid - both MSDSs (SDSs) put out by the company indicate irritation if ingested at large dosages.
I think he needs to have an IH talk with him.
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From: Zach Davis <zachrd99**At_Symbol_Here**gmail.com>
Date: Tue, Jul 22, 2014 at 6:17 PM
Subject: Re: New Pitch - Potential Side Effects of Chlorine Dioxide: Your request on chlo...
I would gladly take you up on your offer to be put in touch with any colleagues you think might be able to help.
One of the most popular water treatment options amongst Appalachian Trail thru-hikers is Aquamira, a chlorine dioxide chemical solution. As you point out, the dose makes the poison- however due to the extreme demands of long-distance backpacking, it's common to ingest between 5-8 liters of water per day. Multiply this times 4-6 months (how long it takes to cover the full distance of the trail). Since my thru-hike in 2011, I have battled severe digestive issues, and I have talked with others (who've used Aquamira) who say the same. If there is any truth to this being unsafe in high volumes, I'd like to help spread the word and prevent future hikers from suffering.
Any help you can offer would be greatly appreciated.
On Tue, Jul 22, 2014 at 1:40 PM, Frankie Wood-Black <EmailSentBy**At_Symbol_Here**helpareporter.com> wrote:
Here's another pitch from a HARO source! Hope you find the perfect match for your story.
The Vocus Team
Pitch Title: Your request on chlorine dioxide
You really need to contact the American Chemical Society - they can put
you in touch with the correct person. My recommendation is that you need
to talk with an industrial hygienist as they are more trained in how
chemicals are used/misused and toxicity levels. A chemical toxicologist
is someone else you might talk with. I can put you in touch with a
couple of colleagues of mine that may be able to help. As with most
things it is a matter of dose.
<pre>Frankie Wood-Black, Ph.D., REM, MBA
Principal - Sophic Pursuits
6855 Lake Road
Ponca City, OK 74604
Track and Respond: http://app.helpareporter.com/queries/detail/190544
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