India Bans Pepsi and Coke

After repeated discoveries of dangerously high pesticides levels in Coke and Pepsi products in India, six Indian states have announced bans of the products in schools and hospitals. In response, the U.S. Under Secretary for International Trade, Frank Lavin, has threatened India with withdrawals of foreign investment. Although the Indian Centre for Science and the Environment have confirmed previous studies, and found levels of pesticides 24 times the legal limit in the Indian-made soft-drinks, New York-based spokesman for PepsiCo’s international division, Dick Detwiler, said of the situation, “All of the data and all of the science point to the fact our products in India are absolutely safe.”

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