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Heavy metals in soft drinks: Food Safety Commissioner directs ADMOs to inspect

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Bhubaneswar: State Food Safety Commissioner on Thursday ordered Additional District Medical Officer (ADMO) to collect samples of soft drinks from their respective districts and submit information.

In a written notification to all ADMOs, City Health Officers, Municipal Corporations asking them to direct Food Safety Officers for collection of samples for test and analysis and factual report on collection of sample of soft drinks to be submitted with immediacy.

It is to be noted that a study conducted by All India Institute of Hygenie and Public Health traced quantities of Lead and other heavy metals in soft drinks like Sprite, Mountain Dew, 7UP, Pepsi and Coca Cola.

In a written reply to a debate in Rajya Sabha Minister of State for Health Faggan Singh Kulaste informed that the samples of all the above mentioned drinks tested by the stratified sampling method showed presence of heavy metals like Lead, Cadmium, and Chromium which can have serious adverse effects on health.

The minister said the samples were tested because of the fact they get leached from the bottles in which they are packed.

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