PLEASANTON, Calif. — A suit filed against Safeway last year over the potential presence of benzene in its private-label Safeway Select Diet Orange soft drink was settled last week, according to a published report. Karen Sheehy of Oakland, Calif., filed the suit, claiming that the presence of two ingredients in the drink, ascorbic acid, or Vitamin C, and the preservative potassium benzoate could combine to form very small quantities of benzene, a carcinogen, if exposed to heat over time. ...

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