Misbranding case registered against Varun Beverages at Haridwar court
Misbranding case registered against Varun Beverages at Haridwar court

A case of misbranding was registered against Varun Beverages, Noida, the bottler of soft drinks company PepsiCo, in the court of the ADM (Finance) at Haridwar.

The case was registered by the designated officer of food safety, Haridwar district who found that the samples of the company’s aerated orange drink Mirinda contained sugar content different from the levels mentioned on the label.

Mahima Nand Joshi, Food safety officer, Haridwar, said, "The label on the bottle mentions 13.1% sugar in the beverage but the actual percentage was found to be 11%. That is why, a case has been registered under section 52 of the Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006 for misbranding."

Joshi also added, "The sample reports came around two months ago. We gave the vendor a month’s time to appeal to the food safety office in case they wished to get the samples retested in a central laboratory but we didn't receive any reply, and hence a case was registered today."

Sources said that the beverage samples of a few other brands had also failed safety tests and notices may be sent to them shortly.

PepsiCo India spokesperson, said, "We have not received a copy of the said notice. Having said that, we would like to emphatically reiterate that PepsiCo complies with labelling and other regulations issued by the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India. All products, including Mirinda comply with the food regulations."

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