LAKELAND, Fla. — Publix Super Markets here has reformulated its store-brand Publix Diet Lemon Lime soda as part of a settlement in the case of a Florida consumer concerned about the potential formulation of benzene in cans of the soft drink. The suit alleged that two ingredients, ascorbic acid or vitamin C and potassium benzoate, a preservative, may form a small amount of benzene when combined and exposed to heat. Benzene is a carcinogen. “Out of an abundance of caution and continued ...

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