Coke in firing line againThis article was originally published in Foodnews
INDIA'S Kerala state government has asked Coca-Cola to answer allegations that its Plachimada facility has contaminated local water and soil. The plant has been closed since 2005, when the government issued a temporary ban following concerns that the plant was running down water supplies and polluting the local area. The latest notice issued by the Kerala State Pollution Control Board has given Hindustan Coca-Cola Beverages 15 days to respond to these allegations, including that the firm has sold waste from the plant as fertiliser to farmers, causing contamination of the soil from heavy metals including cadmium. The company has denied the allegations.