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By Sreyashi Mazumdar

The two minutes noodle was about to run into an apocalyptic end when Bombay high court’s decision entered into the scene as a lifeguard and breathed life into the country’s most coveted noodle brand. After a stretch of two months, Maggi will be back to the pavilion gaming for sixes and fours in the Indian food industry. The banishment of the scrumptious noodle was owing to the presence of MSG and Lead beyond permissible limits. However, its recuperation from a vegetative state has given way to revelry owing to its popularity among the noodle lovers.

 

Dil Maange More + Thanda matlab Coca-Cola coke-or-pepsi

The aforementioned lyrical monologue immediately paints a picture of a 600ml bottle of Pepsi and coke respectively. Both the brands got into the soup owing to an alleged anomaly in their content. According to a  CSE report, the aerated drinks were found to contain unacceptable amounts of pesticide that exceeded the proposed Indian safety standards. Despite going through a tumultuous phase for a considerable period of  time, both the brands ended up reconciling their market  standards.

Cadbury Dairy milk

From a toddler to an old fogey, each and everyone- once in a while- must have craved for an extra bite of that Cadbury_Dairy_Milk

delectable cadbury bar which leaves one gawking at its purple wrapper. The brand got lambasted few years ago owing to the  presence of worms in the chocolate bar. However, the company jumped to its rescue with loaded PR campaigns. Two weeks after the brand got criticised owing to the anomaly, advertisements started thronging television screens with Bollywood’s Big B reiterating how Cadbury dairy milk is the most trusted brand, flaunting the golden metallic foil that would shied the coveted piece of chocolate from worms.

Kentucky fried chicken (KFC)

KFC-ChickenWhile licking our fingers after a steamy platter of fried chicken the only tune that comes to one’s mind is the famous KFC  jingle- It’s finger licking good. In the year 2012, the international brand got into controversies, as worms were detected in the chicken nuggets in one of the outlets in Kerela. The company braced itself up and immediately trailed on the alleged discrepancy. Though there was a temporary upheaval  over the issue, KFC lovers didn’t stop nibbling on the same.

                                                                                                                              Despite the permeating contentions over the aforementioned sought after brands, people, at the end of the day, prefer a platter of toothsome food, debunking the tenets of precautionary measures. Be it Maggie or KFC, at the end of the day taste buds triumph over functional glitches.
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Biggest Ocean Polluters Named to be Coca-Cola, Pepsi, Nestle: Study

Eighty per cent of the 8.3 billion metric tonnes of plastic produced since 1950 was still present in the environment, mainly in the oceans.

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Coca-Cola, Pepsi and Nestle are among the companies that contribute most to ocean pollution with single-use plastics, according to a study presented on Tuesday by the “Break Free from Plastic” initiative.

The environmental movement, launched in 2016, has helped clear the coasts of 42 countries around the world of discarded plastics.

“These brand audits offer undeniable proof of the role that corporations play in perpetuating the global plastic pollution crisis,” said Von Hernandez, the Global Coordinator of Break Free From Plastic, at the presentation of the study in Manila.

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Plastic pollution, Pixabay

Between September 9 and 15, over 10,000 volunteers carried out 239 plastic cleaning actions on coasts and other natural environments in 42 countries, Efe news reported.

They collected more than 187,000 pieces of plastic, of which more than 65 per cent were from products by Coca-Cola, Pepsi and Nestle. But companies such as Danone, Mondelez, Procter & Gamble, and Unilever, among others, were also mentioned in the report.

“The companies have a choice to make. They can be part of the problem or they can be part of the solution”, Hernandez told Efe.

“If they continue the use of problematic and unnecessary plastic packaging they are just encouraging more production and more pollution”.

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Coca Cola is known to spend a huge amount of money on its advertisement campaigns. Wikimedia Common

Around 100,000 pieces of plastic collected were made of materials like polystyrene, PVC (polyvinyl chloride), PET (polyethylene terephthalate) or the film of single-use plastic that were not biodegradable, the report said.

Plastic production has reached 320 million metric tonnes per year and is expected to grow by 40 per cent over the next decade, which will exponentially increase the release of greenhouse gases. Ninety per cent of plastics are produced from fossil fuels and pollutants.

“We must act now to demand that corporate brands reject their overpackaging habit in order to meaningfully reverse the demand for new plastic,” said Hernandez.

The study said that these large corporations must take responsibility for polluting the environment, as production of plastics exposes harmful substances to communities living near factories and pollutes foods and products contained in plastic wraps.

Also Read: Use Every Resources To Help in Climate Change: Scientists

Eighty per cent of the 8.3 billion metric tonnes of plastic produced since 1950 was still present in the environment, mainly in the oceans, according to studies cited in the “Break Free From Plastic” report.

Since then, only 9 per cent of that plastic had been properly recycled and 12 per cent incinerated. (IANS)