Indo Asian News Service, October 18, 2006
Production and sale of Coca Cola was banned by the Indian state of Kerala in August 2006
Bhopal, Oct 18 (IANS) Anti-coke crusader and Centre for Science and Environment Director Sunita Narain has advised Bollywood star Aamir Khan to study science and then tell people whether the cold drinks sold in the country contain pesticides or not.
Narain who was here to attend a function organised to mark the 10th anniversary of Sambhavna Trust Clinic Tuesday, told IANS that the manner in which Khan was going about telling people that soft drinks do not contain pesticides shows that he has not been provided right information by the companies manufacturing drinks hazardous to health.
She said the publicity activity of Khan for cold drink companies was highly irresponsible and he was giving wrong information to the people. The actor should first study science and then say anything with authenticity.
“I had demanded that a standard for pesticide content be set but the government did not respond favourably,” Narain said.
The clinic, working for the cause of Bhopal Gas Tragedy victims, has in 10 years treated free over 22,000 people affected by poisonous Methyl Iso Cyanate (MIC) gas that leaked from the Union Carbide pesticide plant on Dec 3, 1984.