If there are no changes by Pepsi officials, mispallalim visiting Uman for Rosh Hashanah will not see bottles of Pepsi Cola. This is because the local factory will not permit a mashgiach in to observe. Hence, the Badatz Eida Chareidis has removed Pepsi from the list of permissible drinks.
It appears the Eida has learned the sugar used in the Ukraine Pepsi factory is manufactured in a factory that also produces grape sugar, and this situation demands a mashgiach as far as the Eida is concerned.
Eida officials explained they must see this and they cannot rely on anyone’s word. The factory management was adamant in their refusal, unwilling to permit a mashgiach in the factory. Pepsi Diet and Max however will be used since they do not contain sugar, Ladaat News reports.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)