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Panel punch to colas

New Delhi, Feb. 4: The joint parliamentary committee set up to probe pesticide levels in soft drinks has upheld the findings of the Centre for Science and Environment and asked the government to lay down stringent norms for carbonated drinks.

The panel’s report said the CSE “stands corroborated” on its findings on pesticide residues “in 12 brand products of Pepsi and Coca-Cola”, prompting the two companies to assert that their beverages produced in India were “safe”.

The JPC report said the committee had sent samples to two labs. “Both the laboratories detected the presence of organochlorine and organophosphorous pesticide residues.”

 

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