3rd October, 2003
Ministry of Food Processing Industries


SHRI N.T. SHANMUGAM VISITS PEPSI FACTORY IN UP


Shri N.T. Shanmugam, Minister of State for Food Processing Industries made a surprise visit to M/s Varun Beverages Ltd. located at Koshi Kalan in UP to verify if the factory is producing quality products and keeping the required norms of hygiene in accordance with Fruit Products Order 1955. The Minister carried out inspection of raw water treatment plant, empty bottle yard, filling area, concentrate store room, raw/ready syrup room, quality control lab and finished product yard.

During random checking two bottles of pepsi cola manufactured in 1995and 1996 were found in the stock which were without the declaration "contains no fruit" which is in contravention of FPO, 1955. The two bottles have been sized. The Minister directed the firm to segregate all the bottles of make 1997 and earlier which are without the statutory statement "contains no fruit" and not to despatch for sale till segregation process is completed.

The Ministry of Food Processing Industries gives licences under Fruit Products Order, 1955 (FPO) to the synthetic beverages producing industries and fruit and vegetable processing industries.

   
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