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Soft drinks probe: House panel accuses NAFDAC of compromise and failure to perform duty

The House of Representatives ad hoc committee investigating the production and distribution of soft drinks manufactured by the Nigerian Bottling Company (NBC) and other soft drinks producers in the country accused the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) of compromise and failing in its duties to live up to its responsibility.

NECA asks members to decline invitation to Public hearing on soft drinks

The Director General, Nigeria Employers’ Consultative Association (NECA), Mr. Olusegun Oshinowo, has asked its members to decline an invitation by the Federal House of Representatives ad-hoc Committee investigating the production and distribution of soft drinks manufactured by the Nigerian Bottling Company Limited (NBC) and other drinks produced or marketed in Nigeria.

House panel pledges to continue soft drinks probe

Majority Leader of the Federal House of Representatives, Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila, has said that the National Assembly has power to carry out an investigation into a matter involving privately-run companies.

Speaking as the chairman of the House ad hoc Committee investigating the production and distribution of soft drinks manufactured by the Nigerian Bottling Company PLC (NBC), and other soft drinks sold in the country, Hon. Gbajabiamila stressed that it was equally erroneous to assume that the National Assembly would halt a probe because a party involved had taken the matter to court.

Reps, agency heads, NBC disagree on additives in soft drinks

The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), said on Monday that it does not have the capacity to carry out tests on all foods and drinks produced or imported into the country in order to certify them healthy for human consumption before their release into the market.

The agency also said that some additives and preservatives such as benzoic acid, sunset yellow and others, used in drinks produced or imported into the country were safe for human consumption.

NBC thanks consumers, other stakeholders as CPC report confirms Fanta, Sprite compliant with regulatory standards

The Nigerian Bottling Company (“NBC”) said it has received the report of investigation conducted by the Consumer Protection Council (“CPC”) to determine the levels of benzoic acid contained in its soft drinks.

The bottler of coca-Cola products in Nigeria said it was pleased with the CPC investigation as the laboratory analysis proved that the benzoic acid levels in its products meet permissible limits prescribed under the Nigerian Industrial Standards (NIS) and with the International Food Safety limit set by the Codex Alimentarius Commission.

Ebonyi State bans serving of Coca-Cola branded Soft drinks at State functions

The Ebonyi State Government has become the first State in Nigeria to restrict the consumption of Coca-Cola products in the state.

Concerned with the recent ruling by a Lagos State High Court against the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) and the Nigerian Bottling Company (NBC) on the alleged health effects of consuming Fanta and Sprite, Ebonyi State Governor, David Umahi on Tuesday issued an order, banning the serving and consumption of Coke, Sprite and Fanta at government functions in the state.

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.

Fijabi Adebo appeals court ruling, seeks compensatory damage from NBC

Fijabi Adebo, the man at the center of the Fanta, Sprite High Court ruling has appealed the lower court’s judgement to an appellate Court seeking unspecified damages from the Nigerian Bottling Company (“NBC”).

In the appeal filed at a Lagos Apellate Court, his counsel, Mr. Abiodun Onidare, argued that the trial judge failed to award damages and grant the reliefs sought by the petitioner, Fijabi Adebo and his firm Fijabi Adebo Holdings Limited against NBC.

CPC calls for review of levels of additives in soft drinks

The Consumer Protection Council (CPC) on Tuesday released its results of findings on the level of benzoic acid and sunset yellow found in Fanta and Sprite as well as other soft drink brands bottled in the country.

The Council said it was compelled to launch an investigation following the public outcry after a Lagos High Court ruled in the case of Fijabi Adebo and his firm Fijabi Adebo Holdings Limited against the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) and the Nigerian Bottling Company (NBC).

Coca-Cola defends integrity of its brands – Sprite, Fanta

The Coca-Cola Company (TCCC) has said that its beverages – Fanta and Sprite are safe for human consumption.

Commenting for the first time on the Fanta and Sprite controversy in Nigeria, the Atlanta-based soft drinks giant said that the ruling by a Lagos High Court that its brands – Fanta and Sprite are unfit for consumption when combined with Vitamin C is “inaccurate and unsupported by science”. It added that both benzoic acid and ascorbic acid (vitamin C) are ingredients approved by international food safety regulators.