Panaji: Bolstered by the Centre’s admission before the Supreme Court that soft drinks in India do contain pesticides, the New Delhi-based Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) on Thursday said the government must agree on the need for fixing mandatory standards for the drinks.
Speaking to reporters here, Sunita Narain, director of the non-governmental organization, said: “The government’s own committee had found pesticides in the products.” The Centre admitted before the apex court on Wednesday that there were pesticide residues in colas produced and sold in India, Narain said.
“We still believe that the government must agree on (fixing) the total amount of pesticide that should be in the soft drinks,” she added.
Narain cited the report of the N.K. Ganguly committee, set up by the Centre to finalize the standards for soft drinks, saying that the government should fix the pesticide limit. “While we welcome the report of the Ganguly committee, it should put the matter to rest. Now it’s very clear that there are pesticides in soft drinks,” she added.