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“It’s poisonous for Fanta & Sprite to be taken with Vitamin C” – Court orders NAFDAC to inform consumers

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A Lagos High Court has ordered the National Agency For Food, Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) to immediately direct the manufacturers of soft drinks; Fanta and Sprite (Nigeria Bottling Company PLC) to include a written warning that the content of the bottles cannot be taken with Vitamin C.

This was the result from a suit filed against the NBC and NAFDAC by Lagos businessman, Dr Emmanuel Fijabi Adebo and his company, Fijabi Adebo Holdings Limited.


His lawyer alleged that sometime in March, 2007, his client’s company purchased large quantities of Coca-Cola, Fanta Orange, Sprite, Fanta Lemon, Fanta Pineapple and Soda Water from NBC for export to the UK for retail purposes and supply to their customers. When the packages arrived there, fundamental health related matters were raised on the contents and composition of the Fanta and Sprite products by the UK Health Authorities, specifically the Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council’s Trading Standard Department of Environment and Economy Directorate.

The findings from the United Kingdom were corroborated by the Coca-Cola European Union and products were found to have excessive levels of “Sunset Yellow and Benzoic Acid “which are unsafe for human consumption. Due to the irregularities and harmful content of the soft drinks which can cause cancer to the consumer, the claimants could not sell the Fanta and Sprite products resulting in appreciable losses, as they were certified unsuitable for consumption and were seized and destroyed by the United Kingdom health authorities

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Adebo’s Lawyer urged the court to declare that the Nigeria Bottling Company was negligent and breached the duty of care owed to their valued customers and consumers in the production of contaminated Fanta and Sprite soft drinks with excessive “benzoic acid and sunset” addictive. They also urged the court to direct NAFDAC to conduct and carry out routine laboratory tests of all the soft drinks and allied products of the company to ensure and guarantee the safety of the consumable products, produced from the Nigeria Bottling Company factory.

Although the 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.

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In a judgment delivered by Justice Adedayo Oyebanji declared that NAFDAC has failed Nigerians by its certification as satisfactory for human consumption, products which in the UK failed sample test for human consumption and which became poisonous in the presence of  Vitamin C. He therefore ordered:

”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 9 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.”
Source: pmnewsnigeria
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America Confirms Second Case Of Coronavirus

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A second case of the dreaded disease coronavirus has been recorded in the United State of America.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the United States (US) confirmed the case on Friday, January 24.

The second patient recorded in America is a woman of approximately 60 years old.

The patient had been receiving treatment in a hospital in Chicago before her case was officially recorded as coronavirus.

Reports have it that the woman had travelled to Wuhan in December 2019, but returned to Illinois earlier in January 2020 without any symptom of the disease. However, the diagnosis of her case has revealed that she is responding to treatment at the centre in the US.

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Bloomberg report that healthcare authorities in the US have expressed fears that there are chances of the spread of the disease. In fact, the centre said that it is presently studying over 60 persons and many more travellers from Wuhan.

Nancy Messonnier, the CDC’s national centre for immunization and respiratory diseases, said: “We are expecting more cases in the U.S. and we are likely going to see some cases among close contacts of travellers and human-to-human transmission.” Coronavirus started in the Wuhan part of China recently.

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Police Confirm Oko Oloyun’s Death

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The death of traditional medical personnel, Alh. Fatai Yusuf popular as Oko Oloyun has been confirmed by the police.

According to the Oyo State Police Command, he was murdered by unknown gunmen along Igbo-Ora-Eruwa Road on Thursday, January 24.

The state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) Gbenga Fadeyi, told The Nation Newspaper that Yusuf was killed around 4:30 pm on the road while traveling to Iseyin, Oyo State.

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Fadeyi, a Superintendent of Police (SP), said the Commissioner of Police Mr Shina Olukolu visited the site of the incident along with some deputy commissioners for an on-the-spot fact-finding mission.

The PPRO said Olukolu has directed a high-powered manhunt for the hoodlums that perpetrated the dastardly act with a view to bringing them to justice.

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Amotekun: Details Of Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, Southwest Governors Meeting Revealed

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Details of the understanding reached by the Federal Government and Southwest Governors over Operation Amotekun have been released.

In a meeting chaired by Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, it was agreed that a legal framework would be developed for the security outfit to resolve the controversies that has trailed the security outfit.

Chairman, Southwest Governors’ Forum, Rotimi Akeredolu, who spoke with newsmen at the end of the meeting in Abuja said the two sides had fruitful deliberation and had agreed on a legal framework for Amotekun.

He said; “We held a very fruitful discussion, the meeting was presided over by the Vice President, we have rubbed minds and all of us have agreed on the way forward, most important one is that we have agreed to have a legal framework backing Amotekun and this legal framework is going to be one all of us will look at and ensure that it goes without any hindrance.

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According to him, the establishment of Amotekun had not been put on hold, but would work in the form of community policing which the Federal Government had been championing.

“Amotekun is there, you know the federal government is tightening community policing; in essence really, it is about community policing; so, we are going to work together and see the community policing and Amotekun work in a way,” he said.

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When asked why consultations were not made before the establishment of Amotekun, Akeredolu disagreed, saying there were consultations.

“We held discussion with the IGP then, what he has developed is what has led to this, not that there were no consultations. We just felt that with all these noise outside, it is better for us to sit down and you remember immediately when the noise started, I said we are going to explore political solution.

“We have looked at the solution to it now, legal solution and political, all of us will do it. At no time did government wants to stop Amotekun,” he said.

 

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