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Kerala court lifts ban on colas

The court upholds a plea by the 2 firms that the ban is unconstitutional and their products are safe to consume.

india Updated: Sep 22, 2006 12:43 IST

A court in India on Friday lifted a regional ban on Coca-Cola and PepsiCo drinks, which was imposed after an environmental group said they contained unsafe levels of pesticides, an official said.

"The ban has been lifted," a Coke official said by telephone.

The ban on the production and sale of the drinks was imposed by the Communist rulers of the southern state of Kerala in August.

The two firms had told the court in a petition that the ban was unconstitutional and their products were safe to consume.

First Published: Sep 22, 2006 11:22 IST