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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

NBC appeals judgement over benzoic acid in Fanta, Sprite

The  Nigerian Bottling Company Limited (NBC) has gone to the Appeal Court over the recent Lagos High Court judgement over an alleged poisonous benzoic and ascorbic acids as ingredients in Fanta and Sprite, especially when used with Vitamin C, reports NaijaAgroNet.

Sources at NBC, told NaijaAgroNet that the judgement delivered on February 15, 2017 in a suit involving Fijabi Adebo Holdings Limited & Dr. Emmanuel Fijabi Adebo v. Nigerian Bottling Company Limited (NBC) & National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), the Lagos High Court dismissed all claims against NBC and held that the company had not breached its duty of care to consumers and that there was no proven case of negligence against it.

Also, in the same judgement, NaijaAgroNet gathered, the court had directed NAFDAC to mandate NBC to include a warning on its bottles of Fanta and Sprite that its contents cannot be taken with Vitamin C as same become poisonous if taken with Vitamin C.

This order, NBC said, was premised on the fact that the products contain the preservative, benzoic acid.

“NBC has since appealed this order,” our source said.

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