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Consumer forum fines Coke plant in Punjab

A consumer forum in Moga has asked the plant to pay Rs 1 lakh for selling 'toxic' soft drinks.
PTI | By Press Trust of India, Moga
UPDATED ON DEC 09, 2003 02:47 PM IST

A District Consumer Disputes Redressal forum has directed a Coca Cola bottling plant to pay rupees one lakh in fines and damages for releasing in the market a contaminated batch of soft drinks.

A laboratory test found "foreign material injurious to health" in a 1.5 litre bottle of Coca Cola.

The forum took action on Monday on a complaint filed on November 22, 2002, by Balwinder Singh of Kokari Kalan whose family became ill and had to undergo treatment after consuming the impugned soft drink.

Based on the results of the laboratory test that detected harmful material in the soft drink sample, the forum directed the Coca Cola bottling plant at Baddi, in Solan to deposit rupees one lakh with the district Red Cross Society and Rs 10,000 as compensation to the complainant.

The retailer was also directed to compensate Rs 2000 to the complainant. 

Meanwhile, the Consumer Affairs Ministry is willing to issue the ISI mark licence for soft drinks provided the companies concerned approach the ministry on the matter.

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