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No tests were done on soft drinks: NTH

Contrary to health ministry statement, it appears entity named as having tested soft drink brands for toxins, and found indications, had not done so

Shine Jacob & Veena Mani  |  New Delhi 

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Was any test conducted at the National Test House in Kolkata, which stated that cold drinks produced by and contained toxins?

And, was the ministry of health wrongly told the Lok Sabha  that the test results found harmful substances in five carbonated soft drink products?

The question arose at the National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Wednesday, after the Containers Manufacturers Association (PCMA) produced a reply got though the Right to Information law (RTI) from the National Test House (NTH), wherein the latter stated it had not conducted a test on Pepsi, Coca-Cola, Sprite, Mountain Dew and 7 Up for detecting metals (like antimony, lead, chromium,cadmium and Di(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate) between January 1, 2013 and October 5, 2016.

This comes after a statement by Faggan Singh Kulaste, minister of state for health and family welfare, to a Parliament question that the All India Institute of Hygiene and Public Health (AIIH&PH) in had conducted a study on leaching of toxics from bottles used for packaging of soft drinks. The question was based on a media article, which stated there were toxins found in soft drinks. 

“AIIHPH entered into a memorandum of understanding with the in for testing. Samples of five different cold drinks, viz Sprite, Mountain Dew, 7 UP, Pepsi and Coca-Cola, were selected by the stratified sampling method and the samples were submitted to for testing,” the minister had said.

However, in response to the has stated it was never authorised by the National Accreditation Board for Testing and Calibration Laboratories for tests to detect heavy metals. “…..this also states that the statement made by that it is accredited by NABL in its MoU is false,” PCMA informed the court.
 
Asked about this, a health ministry official said it took into consideration the inputs given by the AIIHPH to prepare the response. Further, the official added, the government doesn't fully agree with the test results, as one cannot compare drinking water with soft drinks. “The comparison not being oranges with oranges, the health ministry does not completely agree with the report of the NTH,” the source said. 

Major entities in the Rs 20,000-crore industry are Reliance Industries, Dhunseri Petrochem and JBF Industries, among others.

The U-turn by would also impact the ongoing petition at for a ban on for pharmaceutical bottles. Him Jagriti, an Uttarakhand-based body, had approached the tribunal in this regard, citing a test conducted by the in 2013. According to the petition, the presence of heavy metals and phthalates can cause cancer, diabetes, endocrine damage, kidney damage, reproductive diseases and obesity.  

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No tests were done on soft drinks: NTH

Contrary to health ministry statement, it appears entity named as having tested soft drink brands for toxins, and found indications, had not done so

Contrary to health ministry statement, it appears entity named as having tested soft drink brands for toxins, and found indications, had not done so
Was any test conducted at the National Test House in Kolkata, which stated that cold drinks produced by and contained toxins?

And, was the ministry of health wrongly told the Lok Sabha  that the test results found harmful substances in five carbonated soft drink products?

The question arose at the National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Wednesday, after the Containers Manufacturers Association (PCMA) produced a reply got though the Right to Information law (RTI) from the National Test House (NTH), wherein the latter stated it had not conducted a test on Pepsi, Coca-Cola, Sprite, Mountain Dew and 7 Up for detecting metals (like antimony, lead, chromium,cadmium and Di(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate) between January 1, 2013 and October 5, 2016.

This comes after a statement by Faggan Singh Kulaste, minister of state for health and family welfare, to a Parliament question that the All India Institute of Hygiene and Public Health (AIIH&PH) in had conducted a study on leaching of toxics from bottles used for packaging of soft drinks. The question was based on a media article, which stated there were toxins found in soft drinks. 

“AIIHPH entered into a memorandum of understanding with the in for testing. Samples of five different cold drinks, viz Sprite, Mountain Dew, 7 UP, Pepsi and Coca-Cola, were selected by the stratified sampling method and the samples were submitted to for testing,” the minister had said.

However, in response to the has stated it was never authorised by the National Accreditation Board for Testing and Calibration Laboratories for tests to detect heavy metals. “…..this also states that the statement made by that it is accredited by NABL in its MoU is false,” PCMA informed the court.
 
Asked about this, a health ministry official said it took into consideration the inputs given by the AIIHPH to prepare the response. Further, the official added, the government doesn't fully agree with the test results, as one cannot compare drinking water with soft drinks. “The comparison not being oranges with oranges, the health ministry does not completely agree with the report of the NTH,” the source said. 

Major entities in the Rs 20,000-crore industry are Reliance Industries, Dhunseri Petrochem and JBF Industries, among others.

The U-turn by would also impact the ongoing petition at for a ban on for pharmaceutical bottles. Him Jagriti, an Uttarakhand-based body, had approached the tribunal in this regard, citing a test conducted by the in 2013. According to the petition, the presence of heavy metals and phthalates can cause cancer, diabetes, endocrine damage, kidney damage, reproductive diseases and obesity.  
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No tests were done on soft drinks: NTH

Contrary to health ministry statement, it appears entity named as having tested soft drink brands for toxins, and found indications, had not done so

Was any test conducted at the National Test House in Kolkata, which stated that cold drinks produced by and contained toxins?

And, was the ministry of health wrongly told the Lok Sabha  that the test results found harmful substances in five carbonated soft drink products?

The question arose at the National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Wednesday, after the Containers Manufacturers Association (PCMA) produced a reply got though the Right to Information law (RTI) from the National Test House (NTH), wherein the latter stated it had not conducted a test on Pepsi, Coca-Cola, Sprite, Mountain Dew and 7 Up for detecting metals (like antimony, lead, chromium,cadmium and Di(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate) between January 1, 2013 and October 5, 2016.

This comes after a statement by Faggan Singh Kulaste, minister of state for health and family welfare, to a Parliament question that the All India Institute of Hygiene and Public Health (AIIH&PH) in had conducted a study on leaching of toxics from bottles used for packaging of soft drinks. The question was based on a media article, which stated there were toxins found in soft drinks. 

“AIIHPH entered into a memorandum of understanding with the in for testing. Samples of five different cold drinks, viz Sprite, Mountain Dew, 7 UP, Pepsi and Coca-Cola, were selected by the stratified sampling method and the samples were submitted to for testing,” the minister had said.

However, in response to the has stated it was never authorised by the National Accreditation Board for Testing and Calibration Laboratories for tests to detect heavy metals. “…..this also states that the statement made by that it is accredited by NABL in its MoU is false,” PCMA informed the court.
 
Asked about this, a health ministry official said it took into consideration the inputs given by the AIIHPH to prepare the response. Further, the official added, the government doesn't fully agree with the test results, as one cannot compare drinking water with soft drinks. “The comparison not being oranges with oranges, the health ministry does not completely agree with the report of the NTH,” the source said. 

Major entities in the Rs 20,000-crore industry are Reliance Industries, Dhunseri Petrochem and JBF Industries, among others.

The U-turn by would also impact the ongoing petition at for a ban on for pharmaceutical bottles. Him Jagriti, an Uttarakhand-based body, had approached the tribunal in this regard, citing a test conducted by the in 2013. According to the petition, the presence of heavy metals and phthalates can cause cancer, diabetes, endocrine damage, kidney damage, reproductive diseases and obesity.  

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