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HC admits PIL seeking to stop sale of Coke, Pepsi

Madras HC admitted a PIL seeking a direction to TN Govt to stop sale of Coke and Pepsi in the state.

india Updated: Aug 16, 2003 13:50 IST

The Madras High Court onWednesday admitted a Public Interest Litigation, seeking a direction to the Tamil Nadu Government to stop the sale of popular soft drinks Coca Cola and Pepsi in the state and to take action against their manufacturers under the Prevention of Food Adulteration act, 1954.

Admitting the petition, filed by a city advocate, G Rajendran, a division bench, comprising Chief Justice B Subhasan Reddy and Justice AK Rajan, issued notice to the authorities concerned and posted the petition for hearing on August 21.

Quoting media reports, the petitioner contended that the pesticide content in the soft drinks was allegedly much higher than the permissible level. He alleged that while the pesticide content in Pepsi was 37 times more than the allowed quantity, it was 45 times more in Coca Cola and an alarming 70 times more in another soft drink, Mirinda.

He alleged that 'pure' Coke drinks were sold in the US, while in Europe, pesticide contents were at 'safe' levels.

He also demanded that the state government send a team to the plant manufacturing the drinks, to verify the facts and truth about the high pesticide levels in them.

First Published: Aug 14, 2003 09:44 IST