Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Nov 24:
Two days after Union Minister informed Rajya Sabha about the presence of lead and other heavy metals in soft drinks, Odisha government today directed the health officials to collect samples.
State Food Safety Commissioner directed Additional District Medical Officers (ADMOs) to collects samples of the soft drinks manufactured by two multinational companies.
“You are requested to direct your food safety officers for collection of samples for test and analysis and factual report on collection of soft drink samples should be given to this office immediately,” Food Safety Commissioner said in the letter.
Besides the ADMOs, the City Health Officers of Bhubaneswar and Cuttack, Health Officers of Berhampur, Sambalpur, Rourkela Municipal Corporations and Health Officer of Puri Municipality have been directed for enforcement of FSS Act, 2006, Rules 2011 and regulations.
Union Minister of State for Health Faggan Singh Kulaste said in a written reply on Tuesday had informed the House that 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.
The five different cold drinks — Sprite, Mountain Dew, 7UP, Pepsi and Coca Cola — were selected by the stratified sampling method and the samples were tested at Kolkata-based All India Institute of Hygiene and Public Health (AIIH&PH).