Read How NBC Has Been Poisoning Nigerians Through Fanta, Coca Cola And Sprite. Court Orders NAFDAC To Make Sure NBC Warns Nigerians About The Dangers Of Drinking Them With Vitamin C
A Lagos High Court in Igbosere has ordered the National Agency For Food, Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) to hence-forth, mandate the Nigerian Bottling Company PLC, manufacturers of Coca-cola, Fanta and Sprite soft drinks, to include a written warning that the content of the bottles cannot be taken with Vitamin C.
Justice Adedayo Oyebanji in her judgment also stated that NAFDAC has failed Nigerians by its certification as satisfactory for human consumption, products in which in the United Kingdom failed sample test for human consumption and which become poisonous in the presence of Ascorbic Acid ordinarily known as Vitamin C, which is freely taken by Nigerians with Fanta and Sprite.
Incase you dont understand what’s going on, read the break-down in simple english below……
They are killing us slowly in Nigeria, and we do not know.
Apparently, for 9 years, a civil law case has been going on against Coca Cola Bottling Company, manufacturers of Fanta and Sprite, That impacts directly on our health and lives. Let me try and paraphrase it, so una no go sleep off.
Basically, one Dr Fijabi of Fijabi Adebo Holdings had in 2007, of purchased from NBC large quantities of Coca-Cola, Fanta Orange, Sprite, Fanta Lemon, Fanta Pineapple and Soda Water worth N12 million for export to the United Kingdom for retail purposes and supply to their customers in the United Kingdom.
However, on reaching England, under Health and Safety regulations, the authorities tested the products and found them to contain “poisonous levels of Benzoic Acid and Sunset addictives” And were therefore declared “unfit for human consumption”. The whole export consignment was consequently destroyed.
Dr Fijabi therefore, sued Coca Cola for Negligence, breach of duty of care to its customers, and loss of earnings.
Now comes the interesting part:
The Almighty Coca Cola only offered one defence in court :
That Mr Fijabi did not tell them he was going to Export the Fanta and Sprite to England; That they were indeed manufactured “FOR LOCAL CONSUMPTION”.
For local consumption?
Make I continue?? Hmmmmmmmmmm
So what Coca Cola bottling company is telling us, is that,
If they knew the Fanta and Sprite were to be exported to England, they would not have added so much poisonous acid;
But for the people of Nigeria, it is normal to poison us.
That is the official courtroom statement of Coca Cola Bottling Company of Nigeria.
Yesterday, The Lagos High Court under Justice Adedayo Oyebanji, was ‘crying’ when he gave judgement against Coca Cola, declaring them callous and negligent.
He ‘cursed the parents’ of NAFDAC for not carrying out proper laboratory checks on ‘minerals’ production in Nigeria.
Cancer was listed as one of the ailments that the present Fanta and sprite can cause, especially if taken with Vitamin C tablets.
He therefore, ordered Coca Cola to henceforth add a WRITTEN WARNING on Fanta and Sprite bottles that “this product must not be taken with Vitamin C.”
Once again, Oyinbo has come to our rescue.
This is stuff you people in Nigeria should concern yourselves about,
Not whether Dollar has gone up or down.
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However, Nigeria Bottling Company, in its amended statement of defence filed before the court by Mr. T. O. Busari, admitted supplying the products but contended that the product manufactured by the company were meant for local distribution and consumption as the company does not manufacture its products for export, as Coca-Cola brand of soft drinks is manufactured and bottled by various Coca-Cola franchise holders in most countries of the world, including the United Kingdom.
The company denied that it was negligent in the manufacturing of its products as alleged, stressing that stringent quality control procedures were adopted in its production process to ensure that its products are safe for consumption of the final user.
The company denied that the damages alleged by the claimants was occasioned by its negligence or any fault from the company as the level of the chemical components in its soft drinks is safe for consumption in Nigeria.
Nigeria Bottling Company contended that the claimants claims are speculative, frivolous and vexatious and should be dismissed with substantial costs.
NAFDAC did not file any defence.
In proving his case, Adebo testified for himself while being led in evidence by Mr Abiodun Onidare and tendered 12 exhibits, while the Sales Operation Manager, Micheal Nwosu China and the head of Central Laboratory, Abiodun Adeola Falana, both of Nigeria Bottling Company, testified on behalf of the company and also tendered 12 exhibit.
In her judgement, Justice Oyebanji said:
“It is imperative to state that the knowledge of the Nigeria Bottling Company that the products were to be exported is immaterial to its being fit for human consumption. The court is in absolute agreement with the learned counsel for the claimants that soft drinks manufactured by Nigeria Bottling Company ought to be fit for human consumption, irrespective of colour or creed.
“It is manifest that NAFDAC has been grossly irresponsible in its regulatory duties to the consumers of Fanta and Sprite manufactured by Nigeria Bottling Company. In my respective view, NAFDAC has failed the citizens of this great nation by its certification as satisfactory for human consumption, products which in the United Kingdom failed sample test for human consumption and which become poisonous in the presence of Ascorbic Acid ordinarily known as Vitamin C, which can be freely taken by the unsuspecting public with the company’s Fanta or Sprite.
“As earlier stated, the court is in absolute agreement with the learned counsel for the Claimants that consumable products ought to be fit for human consumption, irrespective of race, colour or creed.
“By its certification as satisfactory, Fanta and Sprite products manufactured by the Nigerian Bottling Company, without any written warning on the products that it cannot be taken with Vitamin C, NAFDAC would have by its grossly irresponsible and unacceptable action caused great harm to the health of the unsuspecting public.
“The court, in the light of the damming evidence before it showing that NAFDAC has failed to live up to expectations, cannot close its eyes to the grievous implication of allowing the status quo to continue as it is..
For the reasons herein adumbrated in this judgement, the court hereby orders as follows:
“That NAFDAC shall forthwith mandate the Nigerian Bottling Company to, within 90 days hereof, include on all the bottles of Fanta and Sprite soft drinks manufactured by the company, a written warning that the content of the said bottles of Fanta and Sprite soft drinks cannot be taken with Vitamin C as same becomes poisonous if taken with Vitamin C.
“In consideration of the fact that this case was filed in 2008 and that it has been in court for nine years, costs of N2 million is awarded against NAFDAC. Interest shall be paid on the costs awarded at the rate of 10% per annum until liquidation of the said sum.”