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Mumbai, Mar 7: The Maharashtra Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is understood to have recommended a ban on sale of soft drinks in schools in the state citing a scientific study on presence of pesticides in them.

However, the state government was yet to take a decision on the FDA recommendation, an official spokesperson said on Monday night.

Sources in Education department said the FDA had proposed a ban in a report sent to the department.

"We received the FDA report in the last week of February and have sent it to the Medical Education department for their perusal," an official in the School Education department said.

The official said that while making a strong case for banning soft drinks from schools, the FDA had cited the findings of the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) study and the findings of the JPC committee and said: "There was strong proof that there were residues of insecticides in these soft drinks." 


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