Pesticides found in Indian soft drinks

Coca-Cola and Pepsi drinks sold in India still contain high levels of pesticide residue, a new report has found.

    The report found residues were up to 200 times the acceptable levels

    The report, released on Wednesday by the Delhi-based centre for science and environment (CSE), also criticised the government for failing to act on the issue.

    Tests of 11 soft drinks produced by the two companies found high pesticide residues were present in all 11 products.

    Three years ago the group found that 12 of the companies' soft drinks had such high pesticide levels they could lead to cancer.

    Sunita Narain of the CSE said: "If soft drinks are the choice of millions, the least that can be done is that these drinks are regulated."

    Boycott

    The bureau of Indian standards set acceptable levels of residues for soft drinks in the wake of CSE's 2003 report although these have yet to be put in place.
      
    The residue levels found in fizzy drinks in the most recent tests were as much as 24 to 200 times higher for some deadly pesticides than those the standards agency has suggested are acceptable.

    Narain said: "This is a grave public health scandal."

    The group called upon consumers to avoid drinking Coke and Pepsi and other soft drink brands produced by the two US firms until they cleaned up the product.

    The Indian soft drink manufacturers association, of which Pepsi and Coca-Cola are members, said the soft drinks were safe to consume.
     
    The industry body said in a statement: "The soft drinks manufactured in India comply with stringent international norms and all applicable national regulations."

    SOURCE: Agencies


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Survivor stories from Super Typhoon Haiyan

    Survivor stories from Super Typhoon Haiyan

    The Philippines’ Typhoon Haiyan was the strongest storm ever to make landfall. Five years on, we revisit this story.

    How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

    How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

    Russian-Saudi relations could be very different today, if Stalin hadn't killed the Soviet ambassador to Saudi Arabia.

    We Are Still Here: A Story from Native Alaska

    We Are Still Here: A Story from Native Alaska

    From Qatar to Alaska, a personal journey exploring what it means to belong when your culture is endangered.