Colas Bad Even Without Pesticides: Ramadoss
CHENNAI: Adding fuel to the cola row, Union Health Minister Anbumani
Ramadoss said on Friday that even without pesticides, colas have "long-term
consequences" which are harmful to health.
"All carbonated drinks like Pepsi and Coca Cola have high-risk factors
as much as tobacco and a comprehensive policy on such drinks are needed,"
he said addressing the golden jubilee year celebrations of the cardio-thoracic
department of Madras Medical College.
He said the pesticide content in soft drinks was a short-term issue,
which could be sorted out by specifying the permissible levels during
The minister also said a notification had been issued to specify the
contents and nutrients in packed food items.
Cardio-vascular problems and diabetics were on the rise due to the
changes in lifestyle and the focus should be more on prevention than
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