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India asks Pepsi to cut down sugar in sodas

Published on Aug 27, 2014 6:06 PM
 
Bottles of Pepsi are displayed in a food truck's cooler on July 22, 2014 in San Francisco, California. India has asked US soft drinks giant PepsiCo to reduce the sugar content of its sodas as the country battles growing levels of obesity and diabetes. -- PHOTO: AFP

NEW DELHI (AFP) - India has asked US soft drinks giant PepsiCo to reduce the sugar content of its sodas as the country battles growing levels of obesity and diabetes.

PepsiCo chairman Indra Nooyi met food processing industry minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal during a visit to India on Tuesday to discuss its plans for healthier options and investing in India.

"PepsiCo has been requested to further bring down the sugar content of soft drinks so that the health aspects of such products are duly taken care of," the ministry said in a statement after the meeting.

PepsiCo was not immediately available for comment when contacted by AFP on Wednesday.

 
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