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Delhi may ban colas in schools

Plans are in process to hold a education advisory board meeting to make the ban mandatory. Read others' views

india Updated: Aug 06, 2006 03:13 IST

Delhi may ban soft drinks in all schools from next week, government officials said.

Plans are in process to hold a education advisory board meeting to make the ban mandatory, an official of Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit's office said.

The decision was taken after a survey by the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) found high residues of pesticides in 11 brands of soft drinks across the country.

"No formal decision has been declared to ban colas following the CSE report, but a government circular issued in 2003, asking schools not to serve or sell junk food, including soft drinks, will be enforced," the official added.

He said that the meeting - to be attended by principals, education secretary and other education department officials - would decide on the ban.

Rajasthan had on Friday banned sale and consumption of soft drinks in educational institutions throughout the state.

Three years after it shocked the nation with a report showing exceedingly large amounts of pesticide content in leading soft drink brands, CSE on Wednesday came up with a more shocking report - the harmful content has only gone up since.

In its second study on pesticides in soft drinks, CSE found three to five immune-suppressive pesticides again in 11 brands. It also found that all the 11 brands of the Coke and Pepsi family had, on an average, 24 times more pesticide residues than that found in 2003.