Skip to comments.Indian state bans soft drinks after Coke, Pepsi gets toxic label
Posted on 08/04/2006 3:32:28 PM PDT by WestVirginiaRebel
An Indian state has banned the sale of soft drinks as the country's highest court told the US beverage giants Pepsico and Coca-Cola to reveal the ingredients of their products.
"The ban will be in force in all educational institutes, including medical and technical colleges and universities and offenders will be punished," a spokesman from the administration of northern Rajasthan state announced Friday.
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This is extortion. They just want to rip off our patents and produce a genric local version. Sorry not going to happen. Enjoy your Fanta.
The poison is the tastiest part!
India continues its protectionist communist economy. There's a reason why the most common car is a three-wheeled enclosed scooter and why the most common car in Cuba is a 57 Chevy.
What's amazing is that India is clearly a democracy while Cuba is not.
I'm not sure who drives the better vehicles.
Right, people should be free to drink pesticide-laced soft drinks without fear of government intervention.
...haha.....I remember when I was an Operations Manager at Roadway Express...we would get the drums of the base ingrediants for Pepsi or Dr. Pepper...they were so concentrated they required the hazardous material placard "corrosive".....lol.....
This will teach the US not to sell missiles to Pakistan. Ya boy!
Unacceptable doses of pesticides? You mean like the water in India?
Yea I think they're probably *far* safer than drinking from the local well.
In India, people drink Coke and Pepsi because they assume the water in them is safe to drink, as opposed to other water sources.
Bottled water is always suspect because you can never be sure if someone has pumped dirty water into a fancy bottle. But it's pretty hard to make counterfeit Coke. If the companies don't make a safe product, they should be off the market.
Nope, no pesticides in that water. Just rotting corpses.
China could have the second largest population of Christians after the United States, but the country is still mostly atheist/buddhist.
They should pass a law that Indian call centers must identify themselves as being Indian when talking to Americans. Since we are so into disclosure.
I think part of the complaints in India are also about Coca-Cola taking up local water supplies from scarce areas but selling the water other places and dumping stuff in it, not sure how true that is, and you're right their water has to be pretty bad to begin with.
Then let them drink their rotting corpse water... or RC Cola.
They should not reveal their secret formulas
Sounds like a bureaucratically connect beverage distributor in Indian found a way to use the local courts to get rid of the most popular drinks in the entire world. Smart. Not in the long run, but I'm sure the sales of curry cola are going to spike in the near term.
India has had a command economy for decades. And they can't seem to loosen up.
They torpedoed the Doha talks for WTO by remaining staunchly protectionist.
India is getting wealthier in spite of itself, but don't try to paint this as a country of a bunch of rich people.
That's false and you know it.
Growing faster than a european economy in percentage terms is no big feat when europe sucks, and India is barely at the starting gate.
In related news Jesse Jackson just returned to the US following a presentation before the Indian Economic Council. Next week he'll fly to Narobi to open the first Nigerian Telemarketing and Finance Expo 06.
>There's a reason why the most common car is a three-wheeled enclosed scooter and why the most common car in Cuba is a 57 Chevy.
> I'm not sure who drives the better vehicles.
The Cubans, naturally. The '57 Chevy will have been made in the US. Who know's where India's 3-wheel contraptions are made?
(Go Israel, Go! Slap 'Em Down Hezbullies.)
It's a regular taste riot, I hear.
There are plenty of commies in India, but there are plenty of commies in Europe, too.
They're here in America as well, but they go under different labels.
P.S. India should open up its economy to more foreign trade, but considering many Americans are against outsourcing to places such as India it is understandable that the Indians would be against products and services from the United States and other countries, too.
You could just as easily have gotten a more classier picture of India. India is still developing, and many people are aware of that. There is no need to rub it in.
Hehehe! It looks like those contraptions were built in somebody's back yard!
India needs to quit thinking that government knows best how to control everything in the economy.
Of course, when that happens, we'll have Freepers complaining about India just like they complain about China all the time.
India will wise up eventually. They're already taken some steps.
And you're right, Doha died not just because of the Indians. America came from a different angle and said that a bad deal was worse than no deal at all.
I'll bet the cow was. ;-)
"They're here in America as well, but they go under different labels.
green party, dim party, sierra club, green peace, peta, etc etc etc etc etc!
who were they kidding?
Why can't the Indians just analyze a sample and identify everything?
Give a sample to Abby (NCIS) and she can identify everything within an hour.
corn syrup has artificially low prices and sugar is artificially high in the US because of government intervention
Not true Markus. We are not China. It has been discovered twice in 3 years that the soft-drinks have a very high pesticide content. At this time, we are pretty sure its not the water. So there must be something in the concentrates.
Not phosphoric acid.
TajaNews - National
Higher pestisides in 1/3rd samples of Pepsi, Coke - August 29, 2003 - 10:26
New Delhi: A Government research institute today revealed that some of the soft drink samples from Pepsi and Coke contained much higher levels of pesticides like lindane and DDT than permissible under the European Union norms.
The report of the Central Food Laboratory, released by the Government here, said that pesticide lindane was present in all the soft drinks that were tested but was higher by 1.1 to 1.4 times the Eurpoean norms in 33 per cent of the samples.
Likewise, many of the samples contained DDT and metabolites above the EEC norms, it added. Another pesticide chlorpyriphos was also present in all the samples, it said. [ TajaNews ]
BIS = Bureau of Indian Standards
Highlights of the 2006 CSE study on pesticides in colas-II:
1. A cocktail of 3-6 pesticides was present in all samples.
2. Lindane (a confirmed carcinogen) levels were over 54 times above the BIS standard; in one Coca-Cola sample from Kolkata, it was 140 times higher.
3. Chlorpyrifos (a known neurotoxin) levels were 47 times higher; a Coca-Cola sample from Mumbai had a 200 times higher level.
4. Heptachlor, banned in India, was found in 71 per cent of the samples, at levels 4 times higher than BIS standards.
5. Average amount of pesticide residues found in all the samples was 11.85 parts per billion (ppb) 24 times higher than the BIS standards for total pesticides in soft drinks (0.5 ppb).
6. Pepsi cola contained 30 times higher residues on an average.
7. Coca-Cola contained 27 times higher residues on an average.
Now tell me, will your govt. not do anything if a company thats selling the most popular drink flouts the pesticide and chemical limits set by the govt. And also the standards set by BIS (Bureau of Indian Standards) are not even as strict as European or AMerican standards.
and here we have idiots call India all kinds of names just when its trying to protect its citizens from drinking pesticides! Oh! maybe Indians are supposed to drink because the product was made by a American company because the value of Indian's life is not the same of an American.
There are actually no other soft-drink manufacturers barring these 2. In some states there are companies but they are so small, they cant match the 2 giants in distribution or scale. Most of the stuff that they make are just as bad if not worse and few urban people actually buy anything but Coke and Pepsi made drinks. So your argument does not hold good.
We would very much like Coke and Pepsi to stay on in the Indian market. Unlike the Chinese, we have no plans to have an Indian version of everything in the world. But having said so, I don't see why we should prove our commitment to free markets by allowing companies to sell junk, deplete and pollute our resources and get away with it. These 2 companies better get their act together, behave in a socially responsible manner and enjoy access to our market. Otherwise, they can pack up their bags and go. You should actually be supporting this as Americans. Its things that these guys do that help strengthen perceptions of America and Americans world-wide. If you would like them to get away with such behaviour, you are not helping the American cause.
China is not communist economically anymore. They are more Fascist-Capitalist.
Let's not get off the topic here. It makes no sense to compare cars and soft-drinks, especially since there are more 4 wheelers than 3 wheelers in India, number-wise and brand-wise.
The topic is pesticides in soft-drinks. Whether they were in the water that these companies used or otherwise, obviously coke and pepsi have a different standard for their consumers in the west and their consumers in India. I see nothing wrong in the ban. When i buy a coke, I pay to drink a "COCA COLA", the same as you would in the US, if it is not the same, then either they shouldn't be selling it as such and if its dangerous to my health, they had better not be selling it at all.
But, seriously, I think you may misunderstand how the Coca-Cola company operates.
Coca-Cola sells its syrup only, to local bottlers. It is not Coca-Cola that prepares and bottles the product; the local bottling company acting under license mixes the syrup with carbonated water and bottles it.
If the local bottlers are in fact using contaminated water, Coca-Cola will be the first to yank their license. IF this is a true accusation and not an attempt by local soft drink manufacturers to corner the market.