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Wednesday, 12 April 2017

CPC Investigations clears Fanta & Sprite, calls for review of industry standards

The four-week old controversy over the safety of Benzoic acid levels in Fanta and Sprite has taken a new twist, as the Consumer Protection Council (CPC) said it found samples of Seven Up (a product of Pepsico) and Lucozade (a product of Glaxo SmithKline) to contain Benzoic levels of up to 330.0mg/kg and 323.53mg/kg respectively – far higher than the Nigerian regulatory standard of 250mg/kg; while Fanta and Sprite, two brands that have been in the eye of the storm, were found to contain levels that were within the standard.

The CPC made this disclosure in a press release issued on Tuesday on the outcome of its investigation into possible safety issues in Fanta, Sprite and other select soft drinks, strongly canvassing for regulatory review and actions for safer soft drinks in Nigeria.

The Council’s investigation came on the heels of public outcry and consumers’ apprehension following the action at the Lagos State High Court in Suit between FijabiAdebo Holdings Limited, Dr Emmanuel FijabiAdebo and Nigerian Bottling Company Ltd, and the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, which alleged that Fanta Orange and Sprite may have the potentials to be hazardous due to its incompatibility with the Benzoic Acid Standards in the United Kingdom.

The director general of CPC, Mrs. Dupe Atoki, who disclosed that NAFDAC and SON have been informed about the outcome of the investigation, stated that the Council has also recommended regulatory action and review of the “Benzoic Acid limits in soft drinks as the current standard, which has been in existence since 2008 is overdue for review”, particularly with the requirement for reviews pegged for every five years.

Also in the light of the high level of Benzoic Acid found in isolated cases of Mirinda and Lucozade tested, she said the Council has called for further regulatory investigative analysis, action and review in the levels of the additive in the products.

The director general disclosed that CPC, in commencing its investigation, obtained from the open market in eight locations within the six geopolitical zones of Nigeria,65 samples of soft drinks, made up of Fanta Orange, Sprite, Mirinda and Lucozade and thatthese samples were sent to Sheda Science and Technology Complex (SHESTCO), a laboratory under the Federal Ministry of Science and Technology, for the analysis of the levels of Benzoic Acid and Sunset Yellow in the products.

13 comments:

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Anonymous said...

The CPC is a fraud, how come the same drinks with same liquid content failed the test outside Nigeria?
They've obviously been bribed, let Nigerians beware and be wise of what they consume as the CPC isn't capable of protecting our lifes. They value bribes not human lifes

BONARIO NNAGS said...

Good because Nigerians were already scared and trust whatsapp BCs with their theories.




. ~BONARIO~says so via NOKIA LUMIA


Chidozie Ezeoke said...

What did you expect from cpc before? ,they have collected bribe and now telling nigerians trash. .....may God help us.

Clasie said...



Goodnews

Tochukwu Ikwuka said...

This report is fake, if you believe this report, it means that you are digging your own grave. Be wise, everything in Nigeria is clouded with corruption.

Ify Prisca said...

My dear is not bribe issue here, since wen u were a kind u have been taking dis product, has anytin happened to u? Y it failed d test is cos d test bud of our country n dat country r not dsame, dia weather is likewise not dsame. It won't b OK in dat country dats y d destroyed it.... If dey should bring same product from dia country to dis country it won't b accepted so dats it...........

Vivian Reginalds said...

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Uncle C said...

Can you hear yourself? That when they bring their own products hear it won't be accepted? Which regulatory agency do we have that is alive to its responsibility? The one that is now telling us trash about Mirinda and lu├žozade when they have been with us all these years

Anonymous said...

Something wey we don dey drink from our childhood no kill us then, na now. Abeg fanta wey I keep for fridge don block, I'll get back to you guys after breakfast.

Barry Dick said...

for confirmation of whether it be true or not "just add a little Fanta and a little Sprite together and drink or just feel the taste then pass ur judgement". I did it myself and it was horrible taste like chemical.

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