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Andhra Govt to test Pepsi, Coke for pesticide residue

Andhra Govt said it will undertake 'random testing' of soft drink samples from across the state to check for pesticide residue.

india Updated: Aug 09, 2003 12:36 IST

The Andhra Pradesh government on Thursday said it will undertake "random testing" of soft drink samples from across the state to check for pesticide residue.

"We will go for the tests at the earliest," state Medical and Health Minister K Sivaprasada Rao told reporters here.

Asked about the furore in Parliament over the finding of toxic residues in 12 major soft drink brands, including Pepsi and Coke, the Minister said, "We have to first establish the case. We cannot punish anybody unless we establish the truth."

The random samples would be tested at the Institute for Preventive Medicine (IPM) here, Rao said adding that the IPM laboratory was being modernised with central funds.

The state government, he said, was making concerted efforts to check adulteration of soft drinks, mineral water and ice creams.

"Currently, we are focussing on restaurants to ensure that quality of food is maintained at a satisfactory levels," Rao said.

First Published: Aug 07, 2003 17:30 IST