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The soft drink giants Coca-Cola and PepsiCo have been struck another blow in India with authorities ordering them to place labels on cans and bottles across the country which spell out the extent of pesticide residues, if any, in the soft drinks.

According to local reports, the Supreme Court has given the Indian units of Coca-Cola Co and PepsiCo a two-week deadline to come up with acceptable language for the labels.

The ruling comes after a legal battle prompted by a report last year by India's Center for Science and Environment which alleged that pesticide residue levels in randomly selected Coke and Pepsi bottles were 30 to 36 times higher than norms set by the European Union, due to the use of contaminated ground water.

The companies have always refuted the claims and appealed against a High Court ruling telling them to display a breakdown of all their ingredients.

However, yesterday the Supreme Court upheld that ruling by the Rajasthan High Court order asking them to display on the beverage bottle the content and composition of aerated water as well as a warning on the content of pesticides.

In statements, Coca-Cola India and PepsiCo India, both companies said their products were safe and complied with all statutory requirements.


Sectors: Soft drinks

Companies: PepsiCo

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