Behind the Coke-Pepsi Pesticide Scare

Is India unfairly targeting the soft drink titans because they're outsiders?

Fearless researchers nail two big, bad American multinationals selling toxic soda to India's masses? Get Bollywood on the line! Unfortunately for Coca-Cola (KO) and PepsiCo (PEP), this scenario isn't a film pitch. An anti-corporate lynch mob has pursued the pair of soda makers since Aug. 9, when a New Delhi environmental group released data purporting to show their soft drinks contain levels of pesticides that greatly exceed proposed Indian safety standards. In response, several Indian states banned sales of Coke and Pepsi.

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