INDIA: Pepsi appeals against pesticide report
Fighting back against fears that its drink in India contain dangerous chemicals, the soft drink giant PepsiCo is attempting to block the publication of the report that made the original claims.
According to news from Agence-France Presse, PepsiCo has filed an appeal seeking to restrain the publication of the report from the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE), which claims that samples of Pepsi drinks it tested contained 36 times the level of pesticide residues, including lindane, DDT, malathion and chlorpyrifos, permitted under European Union regulations. Coca-Cola's had 30 times the level it claimed.
The storm that has been roused by the report has seen sales of soft drink fall and government officials calling for a ban on Coke and Pepsi products.
Heath Minister Sushma Swaraj has ordered two state-run laboratories to verify the report's findings.
Coke and Pepsi have vehemently denied that that there is any truth in the claims whatsoever. Pepsi's appeal against the publishing of the CSE report will be heard by the court tomorrow.
Pepsi claims the research methods used by the environmental watchdog, the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE), were "suspect".
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