2,500 Pepsi Bottles Seized, Samples Lifted in Chennai - The New Indian Express

2,500 Pepsi Bottles Seized, Samples Lifted in Chennai

Published: 14th February 2014 07:36 AM

Last Updated: 14th February 2014 10:04 AM

Food Safety and Drugs Administration Department has seized nearly 2,500 bottles of 500 ml plastic bottles of Pepsi after the death of an eight-year-old girl from Cuddalore, who had taken the soft drink, two days ago.

The department seized 1,566 bottles belonging to the same batch of bottling that killed the girl as per the recommendation of the Kancheepuram Food Safety Department, where Pepsi has its manufacturing unit.

The State government, on its part, recalled the bottles with batch number AH 46 L4 and the manufacturing date of January 23. Besides, the State ordered the department to collect random samples from the dealers and distributors and retailers thereby ensuring safety.

On Wednesday, as many as five teams from Food Safety Department covered about 140 retail shops at Egmore, Parrys, Anna Nagar, Tondiarpet and Vadapalani. Random samples taken from the five areas were sent for testing at the Food Analysis Laboratory.

On Thursday, the raids continued in the city and the department located a dealer at Anna Nagar from where 45 cases having 1,080  bottl-es from the same batch were seized and left in the custody of the dealer himself.

Speaking to Express, Chennai Food Safety Officer S Lakshmi Narayanan said the seized bottles have been left in the custody of the retailer or dealer who have been asked to give it in writing that the bottle would not be sold to the public, besides declaring the number of the bottles and their value.


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