Saturday, August 19, 2006

Coca-Cola sued over pesticide levels

Coca-Cola and Pepsi are being sued by the Indian state of Karnataka over alleged excessive amounts of pesticides in drink samples. The state of Kerala, with a population of 30 million, has already banned production and sales of both brands of soft drink.

Early this month the well-respected NGO Centre for Science and Environment released a study alleging high levels of toxic chemicals in 57 drink products taken from 25 different Indian Coca-Cola and PepsiCo plants.

Coca-Cola are taking the matter seriously and have ditched Bollywood movie stars in favour of scientists for their latest advertisements.

Both Coca-Cola and Pepsi deny any problem and say the pesticide levels are negligible.

Indian PR blogger J S Sai suggests the matter is extremely complex, particularly given the bad press big multinationals are inclined to receive in India.


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I am so glad I don't drink either of these drinks

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At 12:26 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

wow sitting here drinking pepsi right now and thinking i don't really want to drink the rest now that i've read that article...i know it's over in india but have the drinks we get been tested? What i can't understand is that the people who own the companies would have to have some idea about whats going on - well someone, somewhere in the company would have to know and it makes you wonder how they feel knowing whats in the product and the effects it would be having on people even know what the word conscience means these days?

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