Delhi: The Delhi-based Centre for Science and Environment
(CSE) has revealed in a study that a "cocktail of
pesticide residues" are contained in the soft drink
brands belonging to Coca-Cola and Pepsi.
these two companies operate within the food laws prevalent
in India, CSE alleges that they exercised "double
standards" in terms of selling "dirty cola"
in India, while their products in the US, for instance,
contain no pesticides.
says its study found that 12 major brands sold in the
capital, including Coca-Cola, Pepsi, Mountain Dew, Mirinda,
Diet Pepsi and Limca, contained pesticide residues. "The
tests were done in our labs, based on international methodology
and the study was funded by CSE," says CSE director
six months ago, the same organisation had opened a can
on pesticide residue in bottled water and the exercise
had ended with the Indian health ministry notifying new
norms for pesticides in packaged drinking water.