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JPC for stringent norms for colas

Sources say the report instead of merely upbraiding the Govt for not taking preventive steps, will suggest practical measures.

india Updated: Apr 14, 2004 16:13 IST

The Joint Parliamentary Committee looking into the issue of pesticides in colas has shared the concern over high levels of pesticides in the drinks and is likely to recommend stringent norms for soft drinks to safeguard the health of the people, when it presents its report in Parliament on February 5.

"We, in the report, have tried to draw the attention of the Government to the health aspects," Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Nirupam, who is a member of the JPC, said.

On the findings of the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) which has stated that Coke and Pepsi contained dangerous levels of pesticides, Nirupam said the NGO is doing a good job and efforts have been made to address its concerns.

Meanwhile, according to sources, the report instead of merely upbraiding the Government for not taking preventive measures, will recommend practical measures.

The report has, however, pulled up the Health Ministry for not taking action against the cola companies for their advertisements claiming their products are pesticide free which is in clear violation of the Food Adulteration Act.

The JPC report would also call for expeditiously putting in place "world class" quality norms for finished cola drinks and not merely the water that is utilised, the sources said.

In the event of implementation of the recommendation, India may well be the first country to set norms for individual constituents in soft drinks, the sources said.

First Published: Jan 29, 2004 15:14 IST