Food Safety News – India updates – Feb -8 -2017

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According to Kulasate’s reply in the Rajya Sabha, separate data about samples of soft drinks having been tested/found not conforming to specified standards.
New Delhi, Feb 7: Lead and DEHP concentrations have been found in the samples of five different soft drinks manufactured by two major multinational companies in India, Rajya Sabha was informed on Tuesday. Reportedly, samples of food items are picked up for testing and analysis by the State/UT Food Safety Departments from time to time.
“Samples of five different cold drinks — Sprite, Mountain Dew, 7UP, Pepsi and Coca Cola — were selected by the stratified sampling method,” Minister of state for health Faggan Singh Kulaste said in a written reply.
According to Kulasate’s reply in the Rajya Sabha, separate data about samples of soft drinks having been tested/found not conforming to specified standards.
A study was conducted by the All India Institute of Hygiene and Public Health (AIIP&PH) and the National Test House (NTH), Kolkata, in which AIIH&PH collected 4 bottles each of the cold drink brands (Sprite, Coca Cola, Mountain dew, Pepsi and 7 UP) and tested for heavy metals antimony, lead, chromium and cadmium and DEHP.
According to reports, in April 2015, the Health Ministry is learnt to have directed the AIIH&PH to conduct a study on leaching of toxins from PET bottles, used for packaging pharmaceutical preparations, cold drinks, alcohol, juices and other beverages.
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