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SC directs Food Safety and Standards Authority to keep tab on quality of soft drinks

The Apex Court on Tuesday directed the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) to monitor and conduct periodic checks of all carbonated soft drinks, saying that the issue relates to citizens' fundamental right to life guaranteed under the Constitution.

A bench of justices KS Radhakrishnan and AK Sikri passed the direction while disposing of a PIL that had sought constitution of a separate panel to regulate soft drinks to protect citizens from their 'deleterious effects'.

'The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India will conduct periodic checks of the carbonated drinks,' the bench said, adding the matter relates to the fundamental right to life guaranteed under Article 21 of the Constitution.
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