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14 Mar 2017

'Don't Take Fanta,Sprite With Vitamin-C.It's Poisonous'Court Orders NAFDAC To Nigerians

A Lagos State High Court, Igbosere, yesterday
ordered the National Agency for Food, Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) to compel
Nigeria Bottling Company (NBC) Plc, manufacturers of Fanta and Sprite soft drinks, to
include a written warning that the drinks should not be taken with Vitamin C.

Justice Adedayo Oyebanji gave the order while
delivering judgment in a suit by a Lagos businessman, Dr. Emmanuel Fijabi Adebo, and his
firm, Fijabi Adebo Holdings Ltd., against NBC and

The court warned that taking Fanta and Sprite with
Vitamin C is poisonous and awarded N2 million
against NAFDAC for failing "to live up to
It said NAFDAC failed Nigerians by certifying as
satisfactory for human consumption, products
which, in the United Kingdom (UK), failed sample
test for human consumption and became
poisonous in the presence of Ascorbic Acid,
known as Vitamin C.'
The plaintiffs urged the court to declare the NBC
was negligent and breached the duty of care owed
its customers and consumers in the production of
Fanta and Sprite with excessive "benzoic acid and
sunset" additive.
Fijabi also urged the court to direct NAFDAC to
conduct routine laboratory tests of all soft drinks and allied products of the company, to guarantee their safety.

Counsel to the plaintiffs, Mr. Abiodun Onidare, in an
amended statement of claim, alleged that
sometime in March 2007, Fijabi Adebo Holdings
purchased large quantities of Coca-Cola, Fanta
Orange, Sprite, Fanta Lemon, Fanta Pineapple and
Soda Water from NBC for export to the UK for retail purpose.

"In consideration of the fact that this case was filed in 2008 and has been in court for nine years,
N2 million is awarded against NAFDAC. Interest
shall be paid on the cost awarded at the rate of 10
per cent per annum until liquidation of the said sum," Justice Oyebanji said.


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