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Kerala goes to SC against HC order on ban on soft drinks

Written by: Staff
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New Delhi, Dec 4 (UNI) The Kerala government today challenged in the Supreme Court the state High Court judgment quashing the state government order imposing ban on the sale of Pepsi and Coke in the state due to use of chemicals harmful for health.

The Kerala government in its appeal has contended that the High Court has committed a grave error of law as state can not permit any company to play havoc with the health and well-being of citizens for commercial gains.

The ban was imposed in larger public interest as soft drink majors have not been displaying the contents used in their products on the bottles violating the fundamental right of the citizens to know what they are consuming.

A PIL is already pending in the apex court against the two soft drink majors seeking ban on their sale in the country on the grounds that the products do not conform to international standards and have been using chemicals and preservatives which are extremely harmful to human health.

The High Court has quashed the state government order on the grounds that if the products are found health hazardous than the soft drink majors can be proceeded against under the Prevention of Adulteration of Food Act.

Parliament has already appointed an experts committee on the issue and its report is awaited by the government.

UNI AKS/SC RP HS1859

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