Pesticide is a Must for Organic Growth: PepsiCo
Times News Network August 30, 2006

BANGALORE: The Karnataka High Court on Wednesday was informed that in today's age, everything has pesticide and it is believed that a certain amount of it was necessary for organic growth.

But beyond the permissible limit, it could be dangerous. Justice D V Shylendra Kumar, before whom the petition filed by PepsiCo challenging the ban on colas came up for hearing on Wednesday, adjourned further hearing to Thursday.

Representing PepsiCo, counsel Iqbal Chagla commenced arguments before a packed court hall. When Chagla said it was believed that a certain amount of pesticide was necessary for organic growth, the judge retorted: "Are you suggesting that we are toxic persons or mythological Vishkanyas?"

Advocate general Uday Holla then said there was so much adulteration in the market that a person who consumed follidol did not die.

It was because the poison was adulterated, he added. Chagla further submitted that the state did not have the competence to ban the cola drink.

Holla, however, while defending the state's notification submitted that they had sent samples of the beverage to a laboratory and found that it had pesticide residue in excess of the prescribed limit.

He further stated that the state had banned the sale and consumption of the drink only in certain areas and also added that it had the power to impose a partial ban. He also added that the order of the state was only interim in nature.

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