Sunita Narain, an Indian environmentalist, has dented two of the world's glossiest brands : a report.

Pesticide residue norms: Cola majors yet to clean up their act, govt drags its feet.

The health ministry's pesticide residue sub-committee was entrusted the job of fixing a pesticide residue standard for soft drinks. The committee, in March 2004, called "stakeholders' for discussions. Interestingly, for this health ministry sub-committee the only worthy stakeholders were industry. Of the 21 invited, only five responded and only two made written submissions.

THE Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) has corroborated the Centre for Science and Environment's (CSE) claims of pesticide content in soft drinks.

This briefing paper on pesticide contamination and food safety makes a strong case for formulating standards for food and drinks and revamping the pesticide regulatory framework in the country. It discusses the need for legally enforceable standards addresses the larger issue of institutional reform in the governance of food safety and standard setting.

The Left parties were elated when the Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Forest Rights) Bill, 2005, was passed by a voice vote in the Lok Sabha. But the gaffe was discovered later