By Swineetha Dias Wickramanayake

Draft safety regulations regarding the production of all carbonated drinks have been agreed by India's Central Council of Food Standards (CCFS).

The move follows concern sparked last year about the detection of pesticide residues in colas.

The council said that the new draft covered soft drinks, with separate standards being drawn up for fruit juices and other beverages.

A council spokeswoman added that a special group of Indian government ministers has submitted a report on possible changes to the Prevention of Food Adulteration Act, which would take account of pesticide contamination in drinks.

Any reforms would be delayed by the oncoming Indian general election, however.