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MP court finds adulteration in Mirinda samples, jails 11

A Jabalpur court has jailed 11 people after finding adulteration in samples of soft drink Mirinda.

india Updated: Oct 01, 2003 19:44 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent

A Jabalpur court has found adulteration in samples of the Mirianda soft drink, produced by PepsiCo Ltd.

The court has awarded six-month rigorous imprisonment and a fine of Rs 1,000 each to 11 people in the case, including the company's nominees Manohar Kukda and DK Awasti.

The Judicial Magistrate First Class, AC Tiwari, on Tuesday awarded the punishment following the report of Director, Central Food Laboratory, Mysore, who conducting tests on Mirinda samples.

According to the office of Deputy Director, Food and Drugs Control, Jabalpur, they took the samples of Mirinda from local whole-seller Chawla Cold Drinks on June 2, 1996, following complaints.

They said that the department sent the samples to State Food Laboratory, Bhopal for initial tests. Later, the court sent the samples to the Director, Central Food Laboratory, Mysore, which found the Mirinda samples adulterated.

Besides Kukda and Awasti, those who have been awarded imprisonment and fines include Prabhu Drinks Private Limited (packers and distributors) Nagpur and Raipur, Kamaljeeetsingh Chawla, owners of Chawla Colddrink, Golbazar, Jabalpur.

They have been punished under Sections 7 and 16 of the Prevention of Food Adulteration Act.

First Published: Oct 01, 2003 19:44 IST