The states of Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh joined five other states in banning the sale of Coke, Pepsi, Sprite and other soft drinks made by the Indian subsidiaries of Coca-Cola Co. and PepsiCo Inc., state officials said.
The moves follow claims last week by a New Delhi-based research body that the soft drinks have higher levels of pesticides than are allowed by national authorities, the AP reports.
Karnataka Health Minister R. Ashok said the state issued an order banning the sale of 11 brands of soft drinks from the two companies in and around government schools and colleges. In Andhra Pradesh, Health Minister K. Roshaiah announced a similar decision, and said the ban would also cover government hospitals.
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