A consumer court in Himachal Pradesh has slapped a fine of Rs 100,000 on soft drink giant Pepsi after worms were found in a Pepsi Mirinda bottle by a consumer five years ago.
The Himachal Pradesh Consumer Redressal Commission in Shimla on Tuesday asked Pepsi to pay the amount that followed a complaint lodged in 2002 by a consumer in Dharamsala, 280 km from here.
The complainant had purchased the soft drink from the Cheap Chicken Corner store in Dharamsala town and found worms and insects in it.
The contents of the bottle were sent to a state laboratory for analysis in Kandhaghat, 35 km from Shimla. The lab described the drink as highly dangerous to health. The consumer then went to court.