Soft drink ban proposed

Maharashtra FDA recommends

Published: Friday 31 March 2006

The Maharashtra Food and Drug Administration (fda) has recommended a ban on sale of soft drinks in government schools on the basis of a study that showed they contained pesticides. However, the state government is yet to take a decision on the fda recommendation, says an official spokesperson. "We received the fda report in the last week of February and have sent it to health department for their perusal, an official in the school education department said.

The official said that the FDA had made a strong case for banning soft drinks from educational institutions, citing studies of the Centre for Science and Environment and findings of the joint parliamentary committee and said: "There was strong proof that there were residues of pesticides in these aerated drinks.

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