Pepsi and Coke ban in India10th August 2006
Following a report that Coca Cola and Pepsi contain harmful pesticides the Indian state of Kerala has banned their sale and production.
Both manufacturers have said their products are safe, but the state has said it was taking the step because the drinks pose a health risk. Partial bans on the drinks in schools, colleges and hospitals have already been announced in five other states.
The total ban by Kerala is the most severe reaction to a report released by the Centre for Science and Environment, an Indian non-government organisation. The report said that tests carried on samples of the drinks across 12 Indian states revealed dangerously high levels of pesticides. Coca Cola and Pepsi say their drinks meet international safety standards.
In 2003, the Indian parliament upheld a similar report recommending that India set purity standards for soft drinks, but the government is yet to act on the recommendation.
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