Suntory defends integrity of its brands – Lucozade
Suntory Beverage & Food Nigeria Limited, makers of Lucozade has guaranteed its customers that Lucozade does not contain benzoic acid as stated in a recent laboratory report by the Consumer Protection Council (CPC). The company went on to say that its products are safe and healthy for human consumption.
The beverage giant, which took control of Lucozade and Ribena brands from GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Nigeria Plc (“GSK Nigeria Plc”) last year said it became necessary to clarify the contents of its drink after media reports claimed that laboratory analysis conducted by the CPC showed high levels of benzoic acid in Lucozade, above the Nigerian Industrial Standard (NIS) which is 250mg per kg.
Suntory added that all of its brands were produced in line with local and international standards, and it would not compromise on quality or endanger the lives of Nigerians.
“Our attention has been drawn to media reports on an investigation commissioned by the Consumer Protection Commission to analyse the levels of benzoic acid contained in soft drinks produced in Nigeria in which our brand Lucozade was mentioned.
“Suntory Beverage & Food Nigeria Limited will like to state categorically that Lucozade does not contain benzoic acid and our products are processed and manufactured under the best quality standard that meets both local regulations and global guidelines.“Our local supervisory agencies including the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control and the Standards Organisation of Nigeria routinely validate our processes and standards to ensure the safety of our products for consumer benefits.”
The company reassured its customers of its commitment to producing brands that Nigerians can trust at all times.
“Lucozade is a drink of heritage that has energised Nigerians for over four decades. As a company, the safety of our consumers is paramount to us and we will do everything possible to protect the trust they have reposed in us to deliver world-class products,” the company said.