NEW DELHI, 23 Nov: This is extremely shocking especially for the youngsters who prefer soft drinks, as Lead and other heavy metals like Cadmium and Chromium have been found in the samples of five different soft drinks manufactured by two major multinational companies in India.
“Samples of five different cold drinks — Sprite, Mountain Dew, 7UP, Pepsi and Coca Cola — were selected by the stratified sampling method and the samples were submitted to National Test House (in Kolkata) for testing,” Minister of state for health Faggan Singh Kulaste informed in a written reply in Rajya Sabha.
Surprisingly, apart from lead, other heavy metals like Cadmium and Chromium were also found in the samples (due to leaching of toxins from the bottles in which they were packaged), Minister stated while answering to a question on whether the government-commissioned study by the Drug Technical Advisory Board had found five different toxins in aerated drinks produced by two major multinational companies in India.
The study was conducted by Kolkata-based All India Institute of Hygiene and Public Health (AIIH&PH).
Briefing about the study Kulaste said that the AIIH&PH had signed a pact with the National Test House (NTH) for testing and estimation.
As per the reports, in April last year, 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.