The Orissa government has ordered administrations of all 30 districts to collect Pepsi and Coca-Cola soft drink samples within the next three days.
The officials were Thursday asked to send the samples to the state capital Bhubaneswar, said a senior health department official.
These would then be sent to a laboratory in Pune, Maharashtra, as the state government does not have testing facilities to confirm the presence of pesticides. If the tests prove conclusively that the drinks contain harmful pesticides, the state government may ban products from the two soft drink giants.
As a result, several states in India, including Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Gujarat, recently banned colas in schools, colleges and government departments.
Orissa government has been under pressure from different social groups for not taking adequate steps to test the drinks.