After Pepsi, Coke bottle under scanner

Coca Cola will pay Rs 1 lakh after a man found dead insects in Sprite bottle.

india Updated: Apr 28, 2006 20:46 IST

In yet another 'eye-opener' judgement, Coca Cola was on Friday ordered by a city consumer court to pay over Rs one lakh after a man found dead insects in an unopened bottle of Sprite advertised as the company's top product in the softdrink market.

"It seems that giant companies have only focussed their eyes on their one-point programme - make money. For that end they will even play with the public's health," District Consumer Redressal Forum (North) comprising president KK Chopra and members RK Prabhakar and Neeru Mittal said.

The complainant had registered the case against Coca Cola Company, Atlanta, USA; Hindustan Coca Cold Manufacturing Co Pvt Ltd; local manufacturer Moon Beverages Ltd and Suri Cold Drink, the retail outlet from which the complainant had purchased the contaminated drink.

Directing Coca Cola and its three ancillaries to pay the damages 'jointly or severally', the forum directed them to pay Rs one lakh to the Consumer Legal Aid Fund here and Rs 20,000 towards the complainant towards mental agony caused to him.

This judgement follows an earlier one by the same forum ordering identical compensation against softdrink major Pepsico after a consumer chanced upon a condom in a sealed 'Pepsi' bottle.

The complainant, Atul Khattar, a resident of Malka Ganj in New Delhi, had on August 10, 2003, purchased the bottle from the outlet near Sarai Rohilla locality in the Capital.

Khattar, who then happened to take a glance at the sealed bottle, was shocked to find dead insects floating in the 'chilled' fizz.

First Published: Apr 28, 2006 20:31 IST