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Fanta and Sprite, ‘soft drinks’ produced and bottled by Nigeria Bottling Company, are poisonous and carcinogenic, especially when consumed with Vitamin C.

In a judgement by Justice Adedayo Oyebanji of Lagos High Court, Igbosere, between Fijabi Adebo Holdings Vs  Nigeria Bottling Company and National Agency for Food and Drugs Administration Control, the products were pronounced dangerous when taken with Vitamin C.
Represented by Abiodun Onidare for the claimants, and T.O Busari for defendants, the case was instituted in 2007 when British authorities declared that the drinks contained excessive benzoic acid and sunset additives and are unfit for consumption. Especially when mixed with ascorbic acid (Vitamin C).
Fijabi Adebo had exported the drinks to the UK, but they were seized and destroyed.

The judge ruled:“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 color 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.

“The court, in the light of the damning evidence before it showing that NAFDAC has failed to live up to expectation, 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 judgment, the court hereby orders as follows :

“That NAFDAC shall forthwith mandate Nigeria 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.”


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