Toxins in PET bottles of 5 soft drink brands: Govt study

A study by the top Department of Health body, the Drugs Technical Advisory Board (DTAB), found toxins in famous Soft drink brands by two notable multinational organizations, PepsiCo and Coca Cola.

The study finds five unique poisons in indian soft drinks- substantial metal antimony, lead, chromium and cadmium and the compound DEHP or di (2-ethylhexyl) phthalate – made cool drinks. The World Health Organisation (WHO) considers lead and cadmium two of the top ten chemicals of “major public health concern”.

The results of the test also shows a significant increase in leaching with the rise in room temperature. For example, at normal room temperature, the tests found 0.004 mg/L and 0.007 mg/L of lead in 7Up and Sprite, respectively. However, when it was kept at 40 degree Celsius for 10 days, the lead increased to 0.006 mg/L and 0.009 mg/L, respectively.

Pepsi, Coca Cola, Mountain Dew, Sprite and 7Up — from the PET (polyethylene terephthalate) bottles they were in. Eventually, Mountain Dew and 7Up are owned by Pepsico, while Sprite is owned by Coca Cola.

Wefornews Bureau

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