Killer Maggi Killer Colas of India
Working For The Rights & Survival Of The Oppressed
Editor: NAGARAJA.M.R… VOL.9 issue.24…… .17/06/2015
Government officials murdering innocents in league with greedy industrialists
In india, & many other 3rd world countries , the larger corporations , MNCs & industry lobby isliterally running the governments. They are grossly abusing human rights of people. Hereby, HRW calls upon GOI to rein in those corporations.
It is not the first time that , the harmful effects of colas – food beverages are made public. The government is aiding the cola companies in covering-up their crimes , in hiding harmful ingradients of their products in the name of trade secrets. The government is yet to enact a new food legislation making it mandatory for all manufacturers of food items to specifgically mention the type & quantity of ingradients on each food product. Even , under the present food Act itself the government officials can ban the harmful colas & other products in the interest of public health & lives. Then how will they get kickbacks ?
The cola companies are so cunning & ruthless that they have used muscle power – rowdies , corrupt police personnel & assaulted harmless peaceful protestors. The cola companies have purchased justice previously in kerala & got favourable judgement. Due to presence of cola companies , under water table has depleted in surrounding villages. The farmers are unable to grow their crops & are committing suicides. One of the senior executive of a cola company – BEJOIS , MADE MURDER THREATS , FIX-UPS IN FALSE CASES TO EDITOR OF HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH'S and even made false complaint to police , but repeatedly failed to turn-up for enquiry fearing that truth will come out. The police closed the case subsequently.
In India , many medicines / drugs manufacturing companies are silently murdering thousands of innocent patients. Some of these companies are manufacturing counterfeit drugs of popular brands. Some MNCs , big drug companies are in cheating business , they are just filling chalk powder in tablets where as on the outer cover they mention ingradients & quantities of it which are not at all their in the product. The patients who are taking these chalk powder tablets , hoping that they will get cured of diseases are dying due to lack of proper medication. These greedy , cheating drug companies are also exporting these counterfeit drugs to many third world countries like Nigeria. The drugs controller of Nigeria has caught hold of evidences about these illegal drugs & their import from India. These companies with the aid of mafia even tried to finish her off. The GOI is yet to take action on her complaint. Silence of GOI bought for a price by drug companies.
Just a few years back , there was a programme called "bad medicine" on BBC channel , where in the drugs controller for nigeria proved that 95% of drugs in nigeria are fake & 80% of them are being exported from india. These indian fake medicines are killing hundreds of innocents in nigeria & she is crusading to control to control it. She has survived murder attempts by the pharma drugs mafia linked to india. She came over to india along with BBC correspondent & under- cover they went to greedy industrialists. The said industrialists- FAKE SPECIALISTS boasted how they fake the holograms , labels of big MNCs , how they add chalk powder , paracetamol to all tablets , how they gifted imported car to a chief minister in return for protecting their crimes fake businesses , etc. At the end, the drugs controller for india , refused to give an interview, EVEN TO MEET the BBC correspondent, fearing that all his beans will spill out.
Previously HRW has appealed to government authorities including supreme court of India , but to no avail. It is a sad pointer to the grim fact that in India there is no value for human lives & the long arm of corruption has even reached the apex court.
-Are you disclosing full information to the consumers about contents of your products ?
various soft drink manufacturers & bottled drinking water manufacturers draw their raw material- water from the tube wells . nowadays due to excessive usage of chemical fertilizers , pesticide , insecticides , the ground water table is polluted by these chemicals . these are very harmful for human beings. In some areas even the ground water is poisoned by arsenic & flouride . In addition the soft drink manufacturers use chemical flavours , food additives & preservatives in their products . these are also harmful to human beings above certain limits.
Some of the MNCs are practicing double standards , while in their home operations in the U.S.A or EU they are strictly adhering to F.D.A / EU norms as consumer safety is strictly enforced there by the government , while in India they have thrown to wind the consumer safety with respect to indian operations. The situation is so worse that it has been reported in the media that SOME FARMERS ARE USING THESE SOFT DRINKS AS PESTICIDES IN THEIR FARMS. Does NESTLE , COCA COLA & other MNCs think that lives of their countrymen back home precious where as life of Indians & people of developing nations expendable. Is it not a shame that they want money , profits from businesses in the same india & other developing nations. The sad part is our own greedy , corrupt public servants give clearances to these criminal MNCs in first place. That is why in the first place our corrupt public servants who gave clearances to these criminal MNCs must be legally prosecuted.
Hereby, i want following questions answered by MNCs specifiacllay NESTLE , GSK , coca-cola & pepsi,
1.how you are removing the harmful chemicals from the tube well water ie your raw material ?
2.how you are ensuring the proper mixture of food additives , preservatives & flavours within safe limits ?
3.why not you are giving the exact quantity of all contents in the soft drink of your's on the product itself ?
4. are you exactly replicating your manufacturing & quality norms of your U.S.A operations in india ? if not why ?
5.are you strictly adhering to food norms of government of india ?
6. are you keeping the F.D.A NORMS OF U.S.A as benchmark for your operations in india ?
7. are you ready for the laboratory test of your product randomly selected by the consumer ?
8. Are they using genetically modified food ingredients ?
9. are they using ingredients sourced from animal origins ?.
Maggi ban: Criminal case filed against Nestle India, its 9 directors and brand ambassadors
Children in Russia gave been banned from buying fizzy drinks 'in a bid to protect their health'.
No. The ban only affects NEW products, not the ones already on our shelves! This means that products manufactured by multinational companies such as L’Oréal and Unilever that were already in the market place prior to 11th March 2013 will continue to line our shop shelves. Every single one of those products were developed using animal testing!
No. Even with the ban now in place, multi-national companies that don’t have a Fixed Cut-Off Date like L'Oréal and Unilever will still test new ingredients on animals and sell them outside of Europe. With this in mind, the profits made on the sale of products manufactured by the likes of L'Oreal could still go towards animal testing.
Yes. Companies are continuing to develop products using animal testing for sale outside of Europe. So boycotting these companies is more important than ever in order to bring an end to animal testing for vanity products throughout the world.
The profit from purchases made at the Body Shop, and more recently Urban Decay, can be used by L’Oréal, their PARENT COMPANY. L’Oréal, along with many other multi-national organisations, are continuing to use animal testing in the development of new products for sale outside Europe.
It is a painkiller
Reason for ban: Bone marrow depression
Brand name: Novalgin
For acidity, constipation
Reason for ban: Irregular heartbeat
Brand name: Ciza, Syspride
Reason for ban: Irregular heartbeat
Brand name: Droperol
Reason for ban: Cancer
Brand name: Furoxone, Lomofen
India has become a dumping ground for banned drugsPainkiller, fever
Reason for ban: Liver failure
Brand name: Nise, Nimulid
Reason for ban: Cancer
Brand name: Furacin
Reason for ban: Cancer
Brand name: Agarol
Cold and cough
Reason for ban: stroke
Brand name: D’cold, Vicks Action – 500
Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug
Reason for ban: Bone marrow depression
Brand name: Sioril
Reason for ban: Nerve damage
Brand name: Piperazine
Reason for ban: Damage to sight
Brand name: Enteroquinol
country is still the second largest counterfeit medicines exporter to
the European Union in 2007, although it has forfeited the first
position it held in 2006 to Switzerland.
As per data released by the European Commission on Monday, India
stands second after Switzerland in the list of top exporters of fake
medicines to the EU in 2007 with 35% of the total fake drugs seized.
In 2006, India was the leading source of fake drugs exported to the
Next to Switzerland and India, the United Arab Emirates comes third
with 15% of the total amount seized, according to the survey titled,
’2007 customs seizure of counterfeit goods at EU’s external border’.
In 2006, India, together with the UAE and China, was responsible for
more than 80% of all counterfeit medicines.
Overall, as per the 2007 survey, China remains the main source of
counterfeit goods, with almost 60% of all articles seized coming from
there. Cigarettes and clothing continue to represent a large
proportion of all seizures comprising respectively 35% and 22% of the
total amount of articles seized. In particular, medicine seizures have
shown a dramatic increase of over 50%.
Also, in 2005, based on the European Commission’s Taxation and Custom
Union (TAXUD) statistics, 75% of fake medicines cases originated from
India, 7% from Egypt, and 6% from China. According to an earlier EU
report, counterfeiters accept crude methods for manufacturing drugs
such as filling the capsules with a mixture of brick dust with yellow
paint used to mark roads to give it a colour similar to that of
genuine medicine and furniture polish to give a nice, shiny finish.
The EU, in its statement issued in 2007, said, “Health and safety are
a big issue, as witnessed by the sizeable figures relating to seizures
of pharmaceutical products. The emergence of India in this sector
reflects the developing industrial capacity of this nation and
highlights the reality that counterfeiting is carried out on an
industrial scale, in all sectors where a potential profit is
In 2007, customs registered over 43,000 cases of fake goods seized at
the EU’s external border, compared to 37,000 in 2006.
The number of articles seized decreased from last year’s peak of 128
million articles to around 79 million. This is due to a growing number
of seizures involving smaller quantities of counterfeit and pirated
articles. However, cigarettes and clothing continue to be faked in
large quantities and there has been a worrying increase in sectors
that are potentially dangerous to consumers like medicines, electrical
equipment, and personal care products, EU said in its statement.
In 2006, India was in second position in ready-to-wear accessories
segment with 19% article seized, following China . “Counterfeiting
continues to pose a dangerous threat to our health, safety and our
economy,” warns EU Taxation and Customs Commissioner László Kovács.
Enraged by the increasing fake drug supply, the European Commission
had launched a public consultation on the dangers of counterfeit drugs
and had invited ideas to be submitted for regulatory reform. As per
foreign media reports, the commission plans to plug in the
deficiencies in the supply chain integrity through strict adherence to
Good Distribution Practice (GDP), Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP)
standards and transparency in the distribution chain.
the World Health Organization has said.
and medicines counterfeiting is a growing and lucrative business, it
It urged customs, police and drug enforcements agencies to shut down
the sophisticated production networks.
The call comes as a meeting of regulatory, pharmaceutical and consumer
representatives takes place in Rome.
Howard Zucker, the assistant director-general for the WHO for health
technology and pharmaceuticals, said fake drugs could be deadly.
fake t-shirt. They can die from taking a counterfeit medicine.”
The WHO suggests that bar-coding medicines, increasing surveillance
methods and improving both patient and healthcare worker education
could help ensure fewer people take fake drugs.
The United Nations health agency also wants those charged with
tracking down the culprits to work together and share more
Drugs counterfeiting is most common in developing countries where life-
saving drugs can be sold on the streets.
But there are a growing number of cases of fake medicines being
discovered in Europe - although these tend to be lifestyle drugs.
A spokeswoman for the WHO medicines and health technology department
fake Tami-flu had been found in the Netherlands and Spain.
”The counterfeiters are getting more sophisticated and fake drugs are
now even entering the official distribution systems,” she warned.
She said there was also a need for a universal approach as in some
countries drug counterfeiting was not even considered a crime or was
thought of as an offence that was not very serious.
”But this is a crime that can kill people,” she said.
A spokeswoman for the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory
Agency said there had been four cases of fake drugs being discovered
in Britain the past 10 years. The last one was in July, she said.
”There are nearly 650 million prescriptions issued in the UK every
year so four cases in the last 10 years is minimal.
”But we recognise that there’s an increasing problem, and have our own
The agency also assists eastern European countries in their fight
against drugs counterfeiting.
The spokeswoman added that a suspicious batch of anti-flu drug Tamiflu
seized in the UK last month by the agency had turned out to be
illegally imported rather than counterfeited.
or UK died after being given a fake medicine. Then consider that in
the early 1990s a similar number of children died of kidney failure in
India, Haiti, Bangladesh and Nigeria after taking fake paracetamol
syrup contaminated with a toxic solvent. Barely anyone noticed bar
their families and a few doctors.
Their deaths represent just one documented case of a trade in illicit
pharmaceuticals that claims countless lives each year. Victims, mostly
among the world’s poorest, unwittingly buy fake medicines that often
contain toxic substances or little or no active ingredients, yet
purport to combat the most common preventable killers, including
malaria, tuberculosis and typhoid.
Victims, mostly among the world’s poorest, unwittingly buy fake
medicines that often contain no active ingredients
The scale of the problem is laid bare this month in a review published
in The Lancet Infectious Diseases (vol 6, p 602). In south-east Asia,
for example, half of all medicine sold is thought to be fake, much of
it counterfeit versions of new anti-malaria drugs based on the
molecule artemisinin, which many believe will be vital in curbing the
spread of the disease. In Cambodia, a survey revealed that 71 per cent
of the artemisinin-derived drug artesunate sold is fake, while across
south-east Asia, 53 per cent of artesunate packs sold in 2002 and 2003
were faked, says lead author Paul Newton of the University of Oxford.
”We’re desperately worried that these counterfeit derivatives will
follow the real ones into Africa,” Newton says. “The very high
prevalence of counterfeit artesunate in Asia has emphasised the
importance of tackling this trade.” Unless it can be stopped, he
warns, there is little point in spending vast amounts of money
developing new drugs, as they will only be immediately undermined by
ineffective or toxic counterfeits.
The World Health Organization is so worried by the trend that this
November in Bonn, Germany, it will launch an International Medical
Products Anti-Counterfeiting Taskforce, or IMPACT. The aim is to unite
all parties involved in tackling in the problem, from pharmaceutical
companies, drug regulators and distributors through to Interpol and
Experts fear the trade in counterfeit pharmaceuticals kills more
people and causes more harm than the trade in illegal narcotics. And
it isn’t a great deal less lucrative. In 2005, the US Food and Drug
Administration estimated that worldwide sales of fake drugs exceeded
$3.5 billion, but other estimates suggest the figure is 10 times as
high. The Center for Medicines in the Public Interest, a charity
backed by the US pharmaceutical industry, predicts that global sales
of fake drugs will reach $75 billion by 2010 unless the trade is
However, no one can yet be sure how many fake drugs are sold. The
pharmaceutical industry first raised the alarm 20 years ago, but law
enforcement agencies, governments and charities that donate medicines
have paid scant attention. As too have researchers. In his review,
Newton found that just 43 academic papers have been published on fake
drugs, only one of which used scientifically acceptable methodology.
What’s more, a survey he conducted in Laos revealed that two out of
three pharmacists and four of five consumers didn’t even realise fake
drugs existed. The reality is that this trade threatens to undermine
global attempts to combat infectious diseases that kill 14 million
people, 90 per cent of them in developing countries.
A survey in Laos revealed that two out of three pharmacists and four
out of five consumers didn’t know fake drugs existed
IMPACT will initially focus its efforts in five areas: anti-
counterfeiting technology; harmonising legislation; tougher
enforcement; strengthening regulatory agencies; and better publicity
warning consumers about fakes, says co-founder Howard Zucker, who is
the WHO’s assistant director-general for health technology and
Strengthening regulatory agencies is key, argues Newton, especially in
the one-third of countries worldwide where they barely function. “If
you don’t have a functioning drug regulatory agency, you can’t inspect
the drug supply, enforce border checks, prosecute counterfeiters or
root out bribes and corruption.”
Zucker agrees this is a priority. “If there’s no enforcement, nothing
else has any teeth,” he says. So too does the Global Fund to Fight
AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, which spends millions of dollars each
year providing drugs to treat these major diseases. Spokeswoman Rosie
Vanek says the Global Fund has already approved requests for technical
assistance to improve national drug quality-control labs and bolster
regulatory authorities. Vanek also stresses that the Global Fund has
established measures to “ensure to the greatest possible degree the
authenticity of commodities purchased with Global Fund resources”.
But Valerio Reggi of the WHO, who will coordinate IMPACT from Geneva,
Switzerland, says it won’t be easy to root out corruption, especially
in countries where inspectors are paid so little that it is worth the
risk of taking bribes to turn a blind eye to the trade.
Newton also says that donor agencies must subsidise life-saving drugs
so that the real versions price counterfeiters out of the market. “The
key is to beat them at their own game.” This strategy is supported by
the Global Fund, which provides drugs either free or at a small fee.
One recommendation is to subsidise real versions of drugs so that they
price counterfeiters out of the market
The pharmaceutical industry is less convinced, however. “As long as
the cost per unit of a counterfeit is lower than the street price of
the real thing, there will be counterfeits,” says Harvey Bale,
director of the International Federation of Pharmaceutical
Manufacturers. He points out that paracetamol (acetaminophen) and the
antibiotics ampicillin and amoxycillin are the most widely
counterfeited drugs in developing countries, even though they are also
A number of initiatives are to be unveiled in Germany. One option
IMPACT will pursue is to give each packet of drugs a code number that
can only be read when the seal is broken. The consumer can phone the
factory with the number to check their medicine is genuine. Zucker
says the precise details are secret for now, but will be revealed in
Others include off-the-shelf legislation that nations could adopt to
combat counterfeiting, while IMPACT will launch a study to assess the
growing threat of fake medicines sold on the internet, and another to
gauge the scale of counterfeiting in Africa.
Newton warns not to underestimate the counterfeiters, as their
production techniques have become increasingly sophisticated. Often
they include small amounts of the real drug to make them more
difficult to spot than if they contained no active drug. This practice
that promotes the development of drug resistance. “It means that
bacteria or parasites see very low concentrations of the active
ingredient, enough to select for resistance,” says Newton. That could
mean future generations of drugs could become obsolete.
Fake packaging is also increasingly sophisticated, says Newton. Some
of the artesunate packs he found in Asia even carried holograms like
those on the originals. “At the moment, the counterfeiters are
winning.” But Zucker is more upbeat, and sees the creation of IMPACT
as evidence that there is at last the political and international will
to do something. “My perception is that there’s momentum.”
Churning them out
• In 1995 in Niger, some 60,000 people were inoculated with fake
meningitis vaccine after authorities received a donation of 88,000
doses of purported Pasteur Merieux and SmithKline Beecham vaccines
from neighbouring Nigeria. The vaccines contained no traces of the
true active ingredient.
• 192,000 patients in China reportedly died over the course of 2001
after taking fake drugs. In the same year Chinese authorities closed
1300 factories while investigating 480,000 cases of counterfeit drugs
worth $57 million. In 2004 they arrested 22 manufacturers of grossly
substandard infant milk powder and closed three factories after the
death of more than 50 infants.
• In North America, there have been recent reports of various
counterfeits: human growth hormone; atorvastatin, which is used to
lower cholesterol and treat heart disease; erythropoietin, used to
alleviate anaemia; filgrastim, used to treat people who have had
either leukaemia or a bone marrow transplant; and the anti-cancer
drugs germcitabine and paclitaxel.
• Antiretrovirals, a long-term drug therapy that helps stop people
with HIV from developing AIDS, are already being faked in central
Africa. So far, counterfeit versions of the drug combinations
stavudine-lamivudine-nevirapine and lamivudine-zidovudine have been
asks Krishna Iyer
Cola judgment made by the High Court on Wednesday. Alleging that the
modified decision smacks of bench shopping by powerful litigant,
Justice Iyer said the circumstances of the case when fully disclosed
may suggest a ‘riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma’.
both in Kerala and in the apex court.
aberrational is a failure of a jurist’s duty to the Constitution and
the non-exercise of the fundamental right of freedom of _expression.
We are governed by the Constitution but it has been said that the
Constitution is what the judges say it is.
law to mere judicial ipse dixits. I suspect the wisdom and
constitutionality of the Coco Cola judgment pronounced by the Division
Bench of the Kerala High Court.
license has been refused for the Coco Cola by the local authority
which is necessary under the Municipal Law the court cannot hold
that, in certain circumstances, the license may be deemed to have been
granted, thus nullifying the statute.
an earlier decision modified smacks of ‘bench shopping’ by a powerful
‘riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma’.
second look although I must say that our judges in the High Court
generally command my respect. I have not had the time to investigate
dialectically the many dimension of this pronouncement.
face of earlier decision, a fresh case was instituted before a
different bench. This calls for a closer study of the procedure
adopted and the substantive law declared when I consider curious and
jurisdiction and jurisprudence. Already, Prof Mohammed Ghouse long
ago, in a thoughtful article, felt that the highest court has at times
becomes a conscience-keeper of vested interests.
aloft people’s confidence is the judiciary. ‘Ye, are the salt of the
earth; but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be
US for hiring right-wing aramilitaries to kill and intimidate union
leaders in Colombia. SINALTRAINAL union leaders and organizers have
been subject to a gruesome cycle of violence unleashed by Colombian
paramilitary forces in complicity with the Coca- Cola’s Colombian
been murdered by paramilitary forces, some of them even attacked
within their factory’s gates. Workers have also reported being
intimidated with threats of violence, kidnapped, tortured, and
unlawfully detained by members of the paramilitary working with the
blessing of, or in collaboration with, company management.
a living related to agriculture.Water scarcity and polluted soil and
water created by Coca-Cola has directly resulted in crop failures—
leading to a LOSS of LIVELIHOOD for thousands of people in India. More
than half of India’s population lives BELOW THE POVERTY LINE, and
disrupting farming is a matter of LIFE AND DEATH for many in India.
operations cannot even afford to buy Coca-Cola products. Coca-Cola’s
indiscriminate pollution of the common groundwater source is a major
long-term problem. It is extremely difficult, if not impossible, to
clean the groundwater resource through technology, and future
generations are now subjected to drinking polluted waters courtesy
Coca-Cola. Or they can install water pipes to their homes and pay for
clean drinking water, which most CANNOT afford to do. Distribution of
toxic waste as fertilizer to farmers around its bottling facilities
has created a PUBLIC HEALTH NIGHTMARE. The long term consequences of
exposure to the toxic waste is not yet known and the worst is yet to
come. Coca-Cola is committing crimes against humanity in india.
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