In February, we released a study on pesticide residues in bottled water being sold in the market.
We reported how we found legalisedpesticides in bottled water. In other words, the norms for regulating pesticide levels in these bottles were so designed that pesticide residues would not be detected.
We had no intentions of following up this study with investigations in other products. Then our readers wrote to us. They wanted to know: if what we had to say about the bottled water industry was correct, then what about soft drink manufacturers? After all, they all used water as a raw material. They also sourced their water largely from groundwater. We had, they said, a responsibility to tell.