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Indian state bans soft drinks after Coke, Pepsi gets toxic label
breitbart.com ^ | 08-04-06 | WestVirginiaRebel

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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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs
KEYWORDS: chemicalsoup; cola; colawars; healthnazis; india; junkscience; pesticidedrinks; pesticola
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Welcome to the Nanny State. Sheesh!
1 posted on 08/04/2006 3:32:29 PM PDT by WestVirginiaRebel
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To: WestVirginiaRebel

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.


2 posted on 08/04/2006 3:33:51 PM PDT by MARKUSPRIME
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To: WestVirginiaRebel

The poison is the tastiest part!


3 posted on 08/04/2006 3:34:05 PM PDT by Triggerhippie (Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose.)
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To: WestVirginiaRebel
Guess you are stuck drinking this slop.

4 posted on 08/04/2006 3:37:24 PM PDT by Kirkwood
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To: WestVirginiaRebel

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.


5 posted on 08/04/2006 3:38:05 PM PDT by Dog Gone
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To: WestVirginiaRebel
The court reacted to a public lawsuit which argued products sold by both the firms were deeply laced with harmful chemicals such as phosphoric acid, caffeine and aspartame.

Um... Umm... Aren't these already listed on the Coke and Pepsi products? They are on mine.
6 posted on 08/04/2006 3:38:59 PM PDT by kingu (Yeah, I'll vote in 2006, just as soon as a party comes along who listens.)
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To: WestVirginiaRebel
Federal MPs Thursday demanded a nationwide ban on Pepsi and Coke after the privately-funded Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) said 11 drinks sold by the two US companies contained unacceptable doses of pesticides.

Right, people should be free to drink pesticide-laced soft drinks without fear of government intervention.

7 posted on 08/04/2006 3:39:19 PM PDT by My2Cents (A pirate's life for me.)
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To: Triggerhippie

...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.....


8 posted on 08/04/2006 3:40:08 PM PDT by NorCalRepub
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To: WestVirginiaRebel

This will teach the US not to sell missiles to Pakistan. Ya boy!


9 posted on 08/04/2006 3:40:35 PM PDT by teletech (Friends don't let friends vote DemocRAT)
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To: WestVirginiaRebel

Unacceptable doses of pesticides? You mean like the water in India?


10 posted on 08/04/2006 3:43:22 PM PDT by Der Dandy
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To: Der Dandy

Yea I think they're probably *far* safer than drinking from the local well.


11 posted on 08/04/2006 3:46:06 PM PDT by farlander (Strategery - sure beats liberalism!)
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To: Der Dandy
Unacceptable doses of pesticides? You mean like the water in India?

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.

12 posted on 08/04/2006 3:47:27 PM PDT by Alter Kaker ("Whatever tears one sheds, in the end one always blows one's nose." - Heine)
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To: Der Dandy

Nope, no pesticides in that water. Just rotting corpses.


13 posted on 08/04/2006 3:48:06 PM PDT by AirForceBrat23
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To: Kirkwood
Most Indians are Hindu, not Muslim (though they have a large amount of Muslims, too).

China could have the second largest population of Christians after the United States, but the country is still mostly atheist/buddhist.

14 posted on 08/04/2006 3:52:04 PM PDT by Jedi Master Pikachu ( http://www.answersingenesis.org)
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To: All
I found another article with a LOT more information: Soft Drinks, Hard Cases
15 posted on 08/04/2006 3:53:09 PM PDT by AirForceBrat23
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To: 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.

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.

16 posted on 08/04/2006 3:54:10 PM PDT by Mike Darancette (I'll have the duck with mango salsa.)
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To: Der Dandy

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.


17 posted on 08/04/2006 3:55:27 PM PDT by Nomad817
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To: AirForceBrat23

Then let them drink their rotting corpse water... or RC Cola.


18 posted on 08/04/2006 3:57:30 PM PDT by Der Dandy
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To: Dog Gone
You are obviously totally ignorant about current day India. There are Honda's, Toyota's and even BMW's and Mercedes all over the place. To compare India to Cuba shows how out of touch you are. Yes, India is a protected economy compared to the USA but is growing faster than any European economy and is a bona fide democracy with several billionaires and thousands of millionaires. Banning a soft drink for questionable ingredients does not make it a communist economy. If you read the chemical soup that is Pepsi and Coke you shouldn't drink it either, the stuff is nasty for you. I agree that this should be a consumer's choice and not govt enforced but you have clearly gone overboard in your analogy.
19 posted on 08/04/2006 4:01:39 PM PDT by Maneesh
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To: WestVirginiaRebel

They should not reveal their secret formulas


20 posted on 08/04/2006 4:02:58 PM PDT by GeronL (http://www.mises.org/story/1975 <--no such thing as a fairtax)
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To: kingu

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.


21 posted on 08/04/2006 4:07:20 PM PDT by bpjam (Remember our fallen Marines in Beirut. Hezbollah deserves no peace.)
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To: Maneesh

Calm down.

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.


22 posted on 08/04/2006 4:07:20 PM PDT by Dog Gone
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To: MARKUSPRIME

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.


23 posted on 08/04/2006 4:10:11 PM PDT by Republicus2001
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To: Dog Gone

>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?


24 posted on 08/04/2006 4:27:00 PM PDT by DieHard the Hunter (I am the Chieftain of my Clan. I bow to nobody. Get out of my way.)
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To: WestVirginiaRebel
Its satire, folks. I'm stocking on more Pepsi.

(Go Israel, Go! Slap 'Em Down Hezbullies.)

25 posted on 08/04/2006 4:28:24 PM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives On In My Heart Forever)
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To: Kirkwood
Flavored with RDX, Composition B, and depleted plutonium.

It's a regular taste riot, I hear.

26 posted on 08/04/2006 4:30:34 PM PDT by MarineDad (Whenever mosques and JDAM's meet, civilization benefits.)
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To: Maneesh; Dog Gone
India does have a strong socialist tradition, and had ties with the USSR. While India is rapidly developing, it is not progressing as fast as China, which is a Communist country. One has representative government, but a restricted economy, the other has a restricted government, but a more capitalist economy.
27 posted on 08/04/2006 4:31:57 PM PDT by Jedi Master Pikachu ( http://www.answersingenesis.org)
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To: DieHard the Hunter
Look at all the Mercedes and BMWs

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28 posted on 08/04/2006 4:33:43 PM PDT by Dog Gone
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To: Jedi Master Pikachu
I'm not saying that India is communist, and that was an overcharacterization on my part. But it is a government-planned economy, a failed model, and they've not shed it yet.

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.

29 posted on 08/04/2006 4:36:22 PM PDT by Dog Gone
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To: Dog Gone
India is one of the larger economies by GDP and is growing faster than many other developing countries. Also, they were far from alone in opposing the United States over Doha. The leader of the developing world opposition was Brazil, not India. And even the developed Western Europeans were somewhat opposed to the United States.

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.

30 posted on 08/04/2006 4:37:31 PM PDT by Jedi Master Pikachu ( http://www.answersingenesis.org)
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To: Dog Gone

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.


31 posted on 08/04/2006 4:41:19 PM PDT by Jedi Master Pikachu ( http://www.answersingenesis.org)
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To: Dog Gone

Hehehe! It looks like those contraptions were built in somebody's back yard!


32 posted on 08/04/2006 4:44:04 PM PDT by DieHard the Hunter (I am the Chieftain of my Clan. I bow to nobody. Get out of my way.)
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To: Jedi Master Pikachu
You've got to be kidding. There's no restriction on outsourcing to India from the US. My own company has a HUGE organization in India doing outsource work.

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.

33 posted on 08/04/2006 4:44:28 PM PDT by Dog Gone
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To: DieHard the Hunter

I'll bet the cow was. ;-)


34 posted on 08/04/2006 4:45:31 PM PDT by Dog Gone
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To: Dog Gone

"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!

LLS


35 posted on 08/04/2006 4:54:31 PM PDT by LibLieSlayer (Preserve America... kill terrorists... destroy dims!)
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To: GeronL
Revealing the content is not the same as revealing the formula. I know restaurants that make good dishes that we know the ingredients but not the process or ratios of the ingredients. Anyhow, Dr Pepper has Polyethylene glycol which is polymerized ethylene glycol and was included on the label but recently removed. I can only assume do to the antifreeze rumors.
36 posted on 08/04/2006 5:45:09 PM PDT by Orange1998
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To: Orange1998
All 3 soda companies in their main brands have also stopped pretending to use sugar instead of corn syrup... they used to say Surgar and/or corn syrup.

who were they kidding?

37 posted on 08/04/2006 5:48:15 PM PDT by GeronL (http://www.mises.org/story/1975 <--no such thing as a fairtax)
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To: WestVirginiaRebel
OK... I give up.
Where's the "Onion" Logo?

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.

38 posted on 08/04/2006 5:49:11 PM PDT by Publius6961 (overwhelming force behaving underwhelmingly is a waste.)
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To: GeronL
Walmart has the bottle Cokes from Mexico that uses sugar instead of corn syrup. You can tell the difference on the first sip. Coke likes to use corn syrup because of the cost, it produces so many bottles just one penny can spell millions of dollars and over the years translates in to billions of dollars. I find it ironic that the US taxpayer subsidizes Coke through the corn subsidies.
39 posted on 08/04/2006 6:15:11 PM PDT by Orange1998
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To: Orange1998

corn syrup has artificially low prices and sugar is artificially high in the US because of government intervention


40 posted on 08/04/2006 6:38:24 PM PDT by GeronL (http://www.mises.org/story/1975 <--no such thing as a fairtax)
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To: MARKUSPRIME

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.


41 posted on 08/04/2006 6:48:50 PM PDT by MimirsWell (Pakistaneo delenda est.)
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To: kingu

Not phosphoric acid.


42 posted on 08/04/2006 6:49:58 PM PDT by MimirsWell (Pakistaneo delenda est.)
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To: GeronL
Your right and the someone is making good money off the governments inefficiency. I can tell you and I will get along just fine after seeing your home page. The UN helmet says it all!
43 posted on 08/04/2006 6:50:50 PM PDT by Orange1998
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To: MimirsWell

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 ]

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44 posted on 08/04/2006 6:53:14 PM PDT by Orange1998
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To: MARKUSPRIME
Before you shoot of your mounth, read about the issue correctly. This was the report on which the colas have been banned:

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.

http://www.cseindia.org/aboutus/press_releases/press-index.htm

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.

45 posted on 08/04/2006 6:56:06 PM PDT by An_Indian
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To: bpjam

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.


46 posted on 08/04/2006 7:01:28 PM PDT by MimirsWell (Pakistaneo delenda est.)
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To: Jedi Master Pikachu

China is not communist economically anymore. They are more Fascist-Capitalist.


47 posted on 08/04/2006 7:03:43 PM PDT by MimirsWell (Pakistaneo delenda est.)
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To: Dog Gone
Might see one of THESE Bimmers in there somewhere . . .


48 posted on 08/04/2006 7:08:04 PM PDT by AnAmericanMother ((Ministrix of Ye Chase, TTGC Ladies' Auxiliary (recess appointment)))
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To: AnAmericanMother; Dog Gone

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.


49 posted on 08/04/2006 8:02:25 PM PDT by MimirsWell (Pakistaneo delenda est.)
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To: MimirsWell
My specialty is getting off topic.

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.

50 posted on 08/04/2006 8:11:13 PM PDT by AnAmericanMother ((Ministrix of Ye Chase, TTGC Ladies' Auxiliary (recess appointment)))
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