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CSE accepts Cola's offer for 'conditional' talks

Narain is discussing the issue of setting up regulations for carbonated beverages with the Cola giant.

india Updated: Aug 22, 2006 19:57 IST
United News of India
United News of India

The Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) has issued a conditional acceptance of the Coca Cola offer for talks on the pesticide concern in food and beverages.

"We are open to dialogue on the issue of standard. The company should spell out how they will ensure the standard," CSE Director Sunita Narain said. She said she had written a letter to president and CEO of the soft drink giant Atul Singh accepting his proposal to have a meeting on the issue.

"We would like to suggest that the agenda for discussion needs to be on the setting of regulations for carbonated beverages and how your company will ensure that the process moves forward," Narain said in the letter.

She said that she had informed the company that regulations finalised by the BIS must be notified so that the process of validation of the test of methodology could begin.

"We therefore welcome the opportunity to discuss how this standard could be notified," she said in the letter.

The Coca Cola CEO had written a letter to the CSE on August 18 in which, it had rejected its findings about the soft drinks containing dangerous levels of pesticides, but had offered to discuss the issue.

First Published: Aug 22, 2006 19:57 IST