Rajasthan state public health lab clears Coke: claims Coca Cola

MUMBAI: The fire fighting continues even as cola sales are declining! Cola companies are trying to prove the allegations of the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) wrong by obtaining 'No objection' certificates from state government health labs and other independent testing units.

A press release issued by Coca Cola India claims that the State Central Public Health Lab, Rajasthan, Jaipur, has cleared the soft drink samples of Coke under the Prevention of Food Adulteration Act, 1954. The cola company claims that the tests were conducted by the public analyst, Rajasthan; and the results were submitted to the High Court of Rajasthan by the State Central Public Health Lab, Rajasthan, Jaipur, as part of the Public Interest Litigation filed against cola drinks.

A statement issued by Coca-Cola India welcomes the speedy investigation by the State Central Public Health Lab, Rajasthan, and Jaipur, into the quality of soft drinks. "These independent results reconfirm the quality of the products manufactured in our plants and, we believe, will help to restore consumer confidence," the statement says.

The statement also adds that the company believes that a consistent, professional testing protocol is necessary to serve the interests of both the consumers and the beverage manufacturers. The statement says that the company will continue to work with government agencies for resolving this issue.

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