SHRI N.T. SHANMUGAM VISITS PEPSI FACTORY
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
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.