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Lok Sabha wants Coke, Pepsi banned
August 03, 2006 14:47 IST
Last Updated: August 03, 2006 14:49 IST
Members in Lok Sabha on Thursday demanded a ban on pesticide-carrying water, Coca-Cola, Pepsi and other soft drinks, and an immediate notification of the safety standards finalised by the Bureau of Indian Standards.
Citing the latest study by the Centre for Science and Environment, the members from the opposition benches alleged that the safety standards had been finalised but were being blocked by the government because of opposition by the multi-national companies manufacturing these soft drinks.
Even the JPC Report on the issue submitted three years ago had not been implemented, they said.
Lok Sabha Deputy Leader Vijay Kumar Malhotra said Health Minister Anbumani Ramadoss' reaction to the CSE study was highly condemnable as the minister said there was no need for an inquiry.
The CSE study has found the presence of pesticides in 57 samples of 11 soft drinks from 25 different manufacturing plants of Coca-Cola and Pepsico were found to contain pesticides 24 times higher than the BIS norms.
In all, an average of three to five different pesticides were found in all the samples, which also included Heptachlor, a pesticide banned in India.