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Kerala to ban colas, cancel licences

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Thiruvananthapuram, Aug 9 (UNI) The Kerala Government today decided to ban the production and sales of Coca Cola and Pepsi in the state and cancel the licences of the companies in the wake of recent reports that the soft drinks contained high levels of pesticide residues.

Recent studies had shown that the aerated soft drinks contained pesticide residues which were harmful to humans and the government decided to ban the sales and production of the soft drinks in the state, Chief Minister V S Achutanandan told reporters here after a Cabinet meeting.

Moreover, the government had also got a report urging it to ban the soft drinks under The Prevention of Food Adulteration Act, he said and added the Health Minister had been asked to take follow up action.

''Some two to three states have banned the soft drinks and certain judgements on the issue pronounced by certain courts. Taking all this into consideration, the government has decided to stop the sales and production of these drinks in the state,'' he said.

Asked if only these two brands of the companies were being banned, Mr Achutanandan replied in the affirmative and added more studies would be conducted to see if similar action should be taken against other products also The Left Democratic Front had last week demanded the government ban these soft drinks.

Earlier, Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh Governments had banned the soft drinks in all government-run schools and colleges.

The Karnataka Government had also banned the drinks in hospitals and educational institutions.

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