(KTVI) – A 15-year-old fought Pepsico and won. Now, the soft drink maker is removing a key ingredient from citrus-flavored Gatorade. Sarah Kavanaugh from Mississippi started an online petition requesting the company remove brominated vegetable oil from her favorite drink.
BVO is used to prevent the oil from seperating from the other drink ingredients. But, it shares an ingredient with some flame retardents, and has been linked to health problems when ingested in large amounts.
Pepsico began reformulating a new line of BVO-free Gatorade about a year ago. It’s expected to hit shelves soon.
BVO is currently banned in the European Union and Japan.
Find out more: What is BVO?