The Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) on Thursday dismissed as "not holding water" comments issued by a Hyderabad-based laboratory, which pointed out discrepancies in the testing methodology used by CSE to find pesticide levels in soft drinks.
In the wake of the controversy generated by the CSE, which showed high levels of pesticides in the products of Coca-Cola and Pepsi, Vimta Labs, in a letter to the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (Ficci), had pointed out discrepancies with respect to sample analysis, equipment used, calculations and some other heads.
The Delhi-based NGO, however, refuted Vimta Labs' contentions, saying: "This is nothing but finger-pointing. There is no issue. These points hold no water."
Vimta Labs, which counts among its clients six Fortune 500 companies, had pointed out that the CSE report did not give the sample transport and preservation details. It said the calculations done by the CSE, according to the report, do not conform to US EPA 8141 A and 8081 A norms.
CSE, however, asserted the methodology it used conformed to internationally accepted norms.
"We followed US EPA testing methodology to the letter while conducting the tests," Kunal Yadav, CSE co-ordinator (pesticides & food safety unit) said.
He said when CSE had released its 2003 report on high levels of pesticides in soft drinks, a third party laboratory had issued similar comments.
Claiming that those comments did nothing but delayed the findings of the joint parliamentary committee set up to look into the issue by six months, Yadav said: "The JPC had in the end given us the clean chit."
"We dare Vimta Labs to come to us with its own figures and data," he said.