INDIA: Coke, Pepsi hauled to Supreme Court - report

By | 4 August 2006

India's Supreme Court has hit Coca-Cola Co. and PepsiCo with a demand for information on the ingredients in their brands.

The move follows the publication of a report this week claiming that 11 brands owned by the two companies contain pesticides. The Supreme Court has subsequently ordered Coke and Pepsi to supply details of the chemical composition and ingredients of their products.

The report by the Centre of Science and Environment (CSE) found that tests on 57 samples of Coke and Pepsi brands found 24 times more pesticide than permitted.

Coke and Pepsi countered by saying that they have worked with the government, scientific community and NGOs "to establish stringent science-based norms".

A report by Agence France Presse today (4 August) cites Vijay Kumar Malthora of the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party saying: "These companies are playing with the lives of millions and we can't ignore such warnings any more.
"The time has now come to ban both Pepsi and Coke," he added.

The two companies have been given four weeks to respond to the court's request.

Sectors: Soft drinks, Water

Companies: Coke, Coca-Cola Co, PepsiCo

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