Indian campaign against Cola

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11 Aug 2006

I read in today’s Financial Times (see below) that many Indian states are banning drinks from Coca-Cola and Pepsico. Allegedly there are unsafe levels of pesticide residue in their soft drinks. I am not in a position to make a definitive judgement but I am suspicious about this campaign. I suspect the fears are probably exaggerated and in any case a better campaign would be for India to improve its awful system of water supply (for more on this read the World Bank’s latest development policy review on India).

Indian states join Coke and Pepsi ban
By Jo Johnson in New Delhi

A quarter of India’s 28 states have announced partial or total bans on Coca-Cola and PepsiCo in the wake of fresh concerns over pesticide levels in soft drinks.
More bans are expected in the coming days in a political backlash against the US companies that has the potential to disrupt flows of US and other foreign investment to India.