Rajeev Bakshi, the head of Pepsi in India, was grilled recently by Anil Thakraney (he of “F*** not Bhopal again!” fame). Bakshi claimed that the testing process used in the report that damned Pepsi, Coke and a dozen minor brands (many also owned by the big two) was flawed. Asked why Indian samples of Pepsi were contaminated by poisons when U.S. samples tested by the same method were not, Bakshi replied, “Clean is a relative word”. The interview, which makes depressing reading, reeks of the same hypocrisy and double standards that have also characterised the dealings of Union Carbide and Dow in India (remember “$500 is plenty good for an Indian”?). For Anil Thakraney’s report read on:
Archive for August, 2003
Despite selling poisoned drinks, and spewing out carcinogenic sludge from their plants, sucking the ground dry, thus destroying the livelihoods of local farmers and forcing local people to trudge for miles in search of alternative water sources, it seems that American multinationals Coke and Pepsi, like Enron and Union Carbide before them, are being protected in India by corrupt politicians. What should be done with these bastards – the greedy polluters and their corrupt friends in power? Protests are gathering momentum across the country. According to an authoritative article in The Statesman, people in Tamil Nadu are so angry that there have been water riots and even killings. For the full article, read on.
Coca-Cola and Pepsi are under fierce attack in the Indian media for selling bottled soft drinks containing concentrations of pesticide poisons wildly in excess of those permitted elsewhere in the world, where severe financial penalties can be imposed on companies whose poisons damage human health. One poison found in both Coke and Pepsi in amounts vastly exceeding European norms is Chlorpyrifos, made by Dow Chemical and marketed under the brand names of Dursban and Lorsban. Dow paid out $10,000,000 in an out of court settlement in the United States to the family of a boy who they claimed had suffered brain damage as a result of exposure to Dursban. Despite attempts in the late 90s to use selective human testing to prove that chlorpyrifos was safe, it was banned for domestic use in the USA. Dow, of course, with that concern for humanity which has distinguished it throughout its history, continues to market Dursban in India without warning of the dangers. Chlorpyrifos, which has been shown to cause foetal malformation if taken by pregnant women, has now been found in every brand of soft drinks marketed in India.
In 1998 the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) banned testing poisonous chemicals on humans. Now under pressure from the chemical industry, led by Dow Chemical, the Bush administration is moving to endorse such testing and the EPA has begun lifting the ban, despite despite strong opposition from the medical community. According to Dr Joseph Mercola, [...]
Users of this website clicking the link to Bhopal-Justice.com, an excellent law resource website set up by the Campaign for Justice in Bhopal, a predecessor of the ICJB, may have been surprised to find themselves staring at the intimate parts of ladies called Sweetcat, Aaahhh, Sexybabe, 69_bi_teen_4u and Isabela who gives her gender, quite unnecessarily, [...]
Warren Anderson, ex Chairman of Union Carbide Corporation is wanted by a court in Bhopal, India, to answer criminal charges of “culpable homicide” relating to the deaths of 20,000 people. The Government of India on 6 May 2003 requested the United States to extradite Anderson and hand him over to face trial in Bhopal. To [...]