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From September 5, 2006
Pepsi Contamination Continues in India
(Beyond Pesticides, September 5, 2006) A new report on pesticide contamination of India’s Coke and Pepsi products has sparked bans of the companies’ products in several regions of the country. The issue has highlighted the widespread presence of pesticides in India and the country’s lack of national standards for many consumer items, including food products.
Since the report was released several weeks ago, seven of India’s 28 states have enacted partial or full bans on Coke and Pepsi products, and over 10,000 schools have put bans in place. The state of Kerala has implemented a full ban on both production and sale of the products – an action that has been temporarily upheld by the state’s High Court despite the national government’s attack on the study’s validity.
Coke and Pepsi have remained relatively quiet on the issue despite undisclosed economic losses. A Coke spokesman says that the company is reaching out to stakeholders, including CSE. CSE is hoping for the implementation of national pesticide standards on soft drinks, something that Coke and Pepsi are believed to be pressuring India’s government to delay in order to avoid regulations.