August 22, 2006: PepsiCo India's statement
Our products in India conform to the highest International Standards and are also in compliance with all national regulations and norms. We will continue to work with the Government of India to establish science-based norms for soft drinks. This will go a long way in reassuring the consumers about the quality and safety of our products.
Extracts from the findings of the Expert Committee
In Parliament on the 22nd of August, 2006, the Health Minister responded to questions raised by MPs on the allegations made by CSE against the cola companies.
The Health Minister shared the report of the Expert Committee which questioned the test procedure followed by CSE and stated that the data provided by CSE did not provide conclusive evidence for its argument. The Expert Committee was established by the Ministry of Health and was comprised of leading scientists across the country who represented an assortment of nationally renowned laboratories.
The Expert Committee report questioned the methodology followed by CSE to test their samples, the size of their samples, and the conclusion and validity of their results. The Committee also reiterated that the laboratory used by CSE to conduct its tests was not accredited by the Government.
The Government had tested 28 samples from Gujarat and stated that none of the samples contained pesticides.
You can click on the following links for more information on the Expert Committee's findings.
Detailed report by Expert Committee [ View ]
Times of India - "Govt shreds CSE data, clears colas" [ View ]
Hindustan Times - "Health min pokes holes in cola report" [ View ]
Indian Express - "Health Ministry debunks CSE's study on colas" [ View ]
Economic Times - "Pesticides row: Centre gives clean chit to colas" [ View ]
Financial Express - "Centre junks CSE cola charges" [ View ]