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Nov 26 2016 (08:34)  East Coast Railway to test samples of soft drinks (timesofindia.indiatimes.com)
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BHUBANESWAR: East Coast Railway (ECoR) will conduct random checks at all stations and take samples of soft drinks for test in the wake of recent reports of more than permissible chemical elements found in some soft drinks.
Official sources said soft drink stocks at all catering stall establishments under the ECoR will now be subjected to sample checks by health inspectors. These checks would cover IRCTC establishments, pantry cars, Jan Ahar outlets and private stalls at railway stations and trains running across the railway zone.
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health of our rail users and all stakeholders is important for us. We are going to make random and surprise checks of all varieties of soft drinks. Instructions have been issued to all health inspectors and food safety officials," said ECoR's chief medical director Dr S K Mohanty.
He said they normally conduct checks at different places under the ECoR zone in a regular interval after getting complaint from the customers about the quality of the food products being sold in the station platforms or trains. It will be a special drive to test the quality of these drinks, he added.
After collecting the samples of soft drinks from the shops, ECoR will send it for chemical analysis either in the laboratories of Bhubaneswar or Visakhapatnam or any other place. These would be tested under the provisions of the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI), ECoR sources said.
In a written reply, minister of state for health Faggan Singh Kulaste told Rajya Sabha on November 22 that Lead and other heavy metals like Cadmium and Chromium have been found in the samples of five different soft drinks available in Indian market.
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