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Maha Govt sends samples of soft drinks for testing

As a precautionary measure, the state government will sent for tests samples of cold drinks from the bottling plants across the state to laboratories, said Maharashtra minister.

india Updated: Aug 09, 2003 12:40 IST

Taking serious cognisance of reported presence of high level of pesticides and insecticides in Coca Cola, Pepsi Cola and ten other soft drink brands, Maharashtra government on Wednesday said samples of cold drinks in the state would be sent to laboratories for examination.

"As a precautionary measure, the state government will sent for tests samples of cold drinks from the bottling plants across the state to laboratories", Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) commissioner Uttam Khobragade said in a statement in Mumbai.

The bottling plants of Coca-Cola are at Thane, Raigad, Pune, Nashik and Aurangabad.

Khobragade warned that if tests prove presence of insecticides in the soft drinks then the administration will cancel licenses given to these plants.

The state government adopted a tough stance following reports of the tests conducted by Pollution Monitoring Laboratory (PML) of Centre for Science and Environment (CSE), a New Delhi-based NGO, that samples of soft drinks contained residues of pesticides and insecticides.

First Published: Aug 06, 2003 22:39 IST