Friday, September 22, 2006

Frivolous order of Health and Family Welfare (E) Department, Government of Kerala,ensured today's High Court order of lifting the ban.
G.O(Rt.) No. 2396/06/H&FWD. Dated Thiruvananthapuram 10.08.2006 anyway had banned the manufacture and sale of of Coca Cola and Pepsi only. All other brands of the two Cola majors were not banned and were available throughout the state.
Moreover,Prevention of Food Adulteration Act has also been annulled by the Parliament by promulgating the new 'Integrated Food Law' or The Food and Standards Act 2006.
Chapter 1,Clause2 of the act states,"It is hereby declared that it is expedient in the public interest that the Union should take under its control the food industry."
Clause16(6) states,"The The Food Authority shall not disclose or cause to be disclosed to third parties confidential information that it receives for which confidential treatment has been requested and has been acceded,except for information which must be made public if circumstances require in order to protect public health."
This clause shall help protect the secrecy of Cola ingredients.
Anyway the standards for pesticides residues are being decided with consultation of the Cola majors.
LDF does not consider these MNCs to be instruments of exploitation.Nor did it make the findings of Kerala State Pollution Control Board on presence of Heavy Metals in Cola sludge a ground for banning the colas.It is worth recalling that Coca Cola refused to divulge the source of these contaminants,when asked by 'Hazardous Waste' committee appointed by Supreme Court of India.
\nCPIM hypocrisy was proven once again when Buddhadeb Bhattacharya refused to impose ban on Colas in West Bengal,when a demand was raised by its ally,CPI. \nAflatoon.\n \nOn 22/09/06, Anivar Aravind <> wrote:\n\nKerala HC quashes ban on Coke, PepsiSeptember 22, 2006 12:26 ISTThe Kerala high court on Friday quashed the state government\'s orderbanning production and sale of Coca-Cola and Pepsi in the state.\nThe order in this regard was issued by a division bench comprisingChief Justice V K Bali and Justice M Ramachandran on petitions filedby Hindustan Coca-Cola Beverages Ltd and Pepsi India Holding Private\nLtd challenging the ban.The bench upheld the contention of the two soft drink companies thatthe state government had no jurisdiction to impose a ban onmanufacture and sale of their products.Kerala government had last month banned the products after Delhi-\nbased NGO Centre for Science and Environment allegedly foundpesticide residues in various soft drinks of the two companies.Welcoming the division bench\'s decision, Coca-Cola said in astatement that the order \'protects the interests of big and small\nretailers, local entrepreneurs and employees which have been affectedby this illegal ban.\'"Coca-Cola India has always been completely confident of the safetyof its soft drinks in India because they are produced to the same\n",1]

CPIM hypocrisy was proven once again when Buddhadeb Bhattacharya refused to impose ban on Colas in West Bengal,when a demand was raised by its ally,CPI.

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