A Lagos High Court, Igbosere, Lagos State, Monday 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 content of the bottles cannot be taken with Vitamin C.
Justice Adedayo Oyebanji made the order while delivering judgment in a suit filed by a Lagos businessman, Dr Emmanuel Fijabi Adebo and his firm, Fijabi Adebo Holdings Ltd against the NBC and NAFDAC.
The court warned that taking Fanta and Sprite with Vitamin C is poisonous and awarded a cost of N2 million against NAFDAC for failing “to live up to expectations.”
It declared that NAFDAC failed the citizens of Nigeria by its certification as satisfactory for human consumption, products which in the United Kingdom (UK) failed sample test for human consumption and which became poisonous in the presence of Ascorbic Acid ordinarily known as Vitamin C, which can be freely taken by unsuspecting members of the public with Fanta and Sprite.
The plaintiffs had urged the court to declare that the NBC was negligent and breached the duty of care owed to its customers and consumers in the production of what it argued was contaminated Fanta and Sprite soft drinks with excessive “benzoic acid and sunset” addictive.
The court also ordered, “That NAFDAC shall forthwith mandate Nigeria Bottling Company to, within 90 days, 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.