Delhi: The report of the official expert committee
constituted by union health minister Anubumi Ramdoss on
4 August, 2006, to examine "the methodology of sampling,
methodology of testing and validity as well as the consistency
of results derived by CSE in its report," has pointed
out to the flaws in the report of pesticides in Coke and
report of the committee, headed by Dr D Kannungo, was
made public by the health ministry today.
its report that could provide some relief to soft drink
MNCs Pepsi and Coke, the experts committee has faulted
the Centre for Science and Environment report on pesticides
in saying, "The (CSE) report does not provide details
about a number of pertinent points, which are required
for the confirmatory interpretation of quantum results."
approach (by CSE in reviewing the literatures on various
aspects) has not been followed while undertaking the scientific
review." The expert committee said that not only
the sampling methodology lacked "scientific and statistically
valid basis" but the "residue data reported
based on GC-mass confirmation is inconclusive."
committee, constitute by the government within days of
Sunita Narain, director, CSE, coming out with the report
that claimed presence of very high level of pesticides
in various brands of US Cola giants Pepsico and Coca Cola.
The sales of the two Colas have been banned partially
or completely in some states