Karnataka Bans Coca-Cola, Pepsi
BANGALORE: Karnataka on Wednesday decided to ban the sale of 11 brands
of soft drinks including Pepsi and Coca Cola in educational institutions
and hospitals from August 14 in the wake of a NGO's claim that the
beverages contained high levels of pesticide residues.
The sale of Pepsi, Coca Cola, Mirinda, Mountain Dew, Diet Pepsi, Pepsi
Blue, Fanta, Limca, Sprite, Thums Up, and 7UP will be banned within
100 metres of all schools, colleges and hospitals across the state,
Health Minister R Ashok and Primary and Secondary Education Minister
Basavaraj Horatti told a press conference here.
The state has sought the Centre's opinion on slapping a total ban
on the sale of soft drinks, Ashok said. Junk foods like pizzas and
burgers have also come under the government scanner, he said.
An analysis of the soft drinks at a laboratory indicated that they
contained chemicals and pesticides - including linadane, DDT, malathion
and chlorpyrifos - in higher quantities than the stipulated norms,
the ministers said.
Ashok said cases would be filed against the soft drink manufacturing
firms under the Prevention of Food Adulteration Act.
There were reports that packaged drinking water of various brands
too contained high levels of DDT and action will be initiated against
the manufacturers, he said.
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