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Boycott sale of foreign brands of soft drinks
ActIT Jammu, ASP.net Projects, Java, Vb.net, C# Training Jammu
Dear Editor,

It refers to news-reports about traders in Tamilnadu deciding to boycott sale of foreign-brands of soft-drinks. According to recent reports, Coca-Cola in its recent advertisement said that their products, Coke, Sprite, Thums Up and Limca, are not recommended for children. An RTI response confirms that Joint Committee on Food Management of Parliament through a communication dated 06.08.2003 had banned sale of all foreign-brands of soft drinks in catering centres and canteens of Parliament, also directing for immediate removal of display refrigerators and advertisements of these products from Parliament complex. But public-health must not be considered less important than of Parliamentarians and others using Parliament canteens.

It is significant that cola-companies voluntarily stopped selling cola-drinks in schools worldwide in view of increasing obesity in school-going children. It is surprising that Indian government failed to notice such harmful effects of cola-drinks and till now allowed sale of disease for children. At least Union Government can ban advertisements of cola-drinks because of hazardous and addicting effects of these drinks making children diabetic at young age. Earlier also, soft-drink manufacturers were asked to remove an oil from their products which was found to be harmful for health. Compulsory printing of ingredients on cola-bottles (including on refillable glass-bottles) will clear doubts about presence of any intoxicant or addicting substance in cola-drinks.

Union government, Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI) and soft-drink manufacturers should revive drinks like old and famous rose-flavoured ones, which can not only replace cola-drinks in India but even dominate global-market by breaking monopoly of harmful cola-drinks.

—Subhash Chandra Agrawal,

1775 Kucha Lattushah

Dariba, Chandni Chowk Delhi.


News Updated at : Friday, March 17, 2017
 
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