Asks it to reconstitute panels examining the harmful effects of chemicals and toxins in carbonated beverages and other food items
The Supreme Court, on February 8, ordered the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) to reconstitute independent scientific panels looking into the harmful effects of chemicals and toxins in carbonated beverages and other food items.
The court was hearing a petition on the harmful effects of chemical additives in soft drinks and their disclosure on the labels, filed by the Centre for Public Interest Litigation (CPIL).
|What judges said
“According to Prashant Bhushan, some members of the Panel appointed by the respondents are not independent scientific experts and their appointment is not in consonance with Section 13(1) of the Act. At this stage, learned counsel appearing for the Food Safety and Standards Authority submits that the Penal would be reconstituted in terms of Section 13(1) of the Act,within two weeks from today and an affidavit would be submitted before this Court.”
|Companies in a panel
Coca Cola, Pepsi Co, Hindustan Unilever, Marico, Britannia, ITC, Nestle India, Hind Agro Industries, GSK Consumer Healthcare and Food Safety Solutions and International
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