Delhi High Court asks Govt to test soft drinks
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Delhi High Court asks Govt to test soft drinks

The Court directed Union Govt to conduct tests on aerated drinks and submit the results in three weeks.

india Updated: Aug 12, 2003 00:50 IST

The Delhi High Court on Monday directed the Centre to conduct tests on aerated drinks. The order came while a petition filed by PepsiCo was being heard.

The Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) had recently claimed that some soft drinks had high levels of pesticides.

The Court asked the Government to submit the results of the tests in three weeks. The matter will be next heard on September 15.

The high court also issued notices to the Union ministries of health, defence and food and the Bureau of India Standards, named as respondents in the petition.

The court directed Pepsi to submit to the Government whatever material it had on the presence of pesticides in its products.

Counsel for Pepsi, Harish Salve, said the CSE report was incorrect and unreliable.

The judge replied that the Government had to act even if information came from a discredited person. The Pepsi counsel withdrew the allegations of mala fide intentions on the part of the CSE. He also did not press for “gag order” on the CSE’s report, which means it can be published.

The Rajasthan High Court asked the state government to conduct tests on soft drinks.

First Published: Aug 11, 2003 12:11 IST