A soda brand popular with restaurants in New York has recalled its products following the discovery of a cancer-causing food dye.

The dye, Red 4, was found to be hidden in the ingredients list of the soda, which has been sold across the state since last year.

The Charles Boggini Company, based in Coventry, Connecticut, has voluntarily issued the recall of its "Pink Lemonade," "Cola Flavoring Base," "Yellow Lemonade," and "Yellow Lemonade X" products. These items are typically sold in one- and five-gallon containers to restaurants.

Red 4 has long been a source of concern for health experts and has been banned for use in cosmetics and externally applied drugs since 1976, but it's still permitted in food and drug applications.

The concern over Red 4 is due to tests that showed a link between the dye and an increased risk of cancer in laboratory animals. While it is unclear if these findings translate directly to humans, the potential health risk cannot be ruled out.

The recall in New York State will affect all bottles sold since the beginning of 2020, and the company has urged customers who have purchased the soda to return it for a full refund.

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The recall has raised the need for a renewed focus on the safety and regulation of food additives and colorants, particularly in the United States, where the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has been criticized for its lax oversight of these essential ingredients.

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