Wednesday, 15 March 2017
Fanta, Sprite taken with Vitamins C are not poisonous. NBC faults NAFDAC's claim. cc @DrJoeAbah
The Nigerian Bottling Company (NBC) Limited has faulted claims that its products, Fanta and Sprite when taken with Vitamins C are poisonous.
In a statement by its Management, the company said information on the safety of benzoic and ascorbic acids as ingredients in soft drinks, citing a Lagos High Court order is misleading.
“ Given the fact that the benzoic and ascorbic acid levels in Fanta as well as the benzoic acid level in Sprite produced and sold by NBC in Nigeria are in compliance with the levels approved by all relevant national regulators and the international level set by CODEX, there is no truth in the report that these products would become poisonous if consumed alongside Vitamin C.
“ The wrong perception emanating from the media reports that our Fanta and Sprite beverages which are fully compliant with all national and international food quality and safety standards are unsafe, simply because their levels of Benzoic acid were not within the UK standards, is not only unfounded but also undermines the entire food and beverage industry in Nigeria which is regulated by the same ingredient levels approved by NAFDAC and other regulatory bodies for the country,” NBC stated.
While stating that it has already appealed against the court judgement, the company assured our consumers and members of the public of its unwavering commitment to product quality, safety and customer satisfaction.