Colas meet Indian norms
22 August 2003
New Delhi: In a statement made in the Indian Parliament yesterday, Union Health Minister Sushma Swaraj said only three samples of soft drinks were found to have pesticides below the limits set by the European Union (EU) norms.
drink manufacturers were recently put in the dock by the
environmental organisation, Centre for Science and Environment
(CSE), when it revealed in its study that 12 soft drink
brands belonging to the Coca-Cola and PepsiCo stable contained
Swaraj's statement follows sample analysis done by two laboratories, the Mysore-based Central Food Technological Research Institute (CFTRI) and the Kolkata-based Central Food Laboratory (CFL).
"CFTRI has reported that out of 12 samples, pesticide residues were below the EU limits in three samples. In the remaining nine, they were found above the limits. The number of times the residues are higher than the EU limits ranges from 1.6 to 5.2 whereas the CSE report alleges that the number of times the resides were higher than the EU limits range from 11 to 70 times," she said. Similar findings were reported from CFL, too.
the controversy broke out, both the cola majors had maintained
that they meet not just the Indian norms but EU norms
as well. Swaraj said: "The assertion of the soft
drink manufacturers that their product is within the EU
limits has not proved to be correct for 100 per cent of