Tell consumers Vit. C in Fanta, Sprite is harmful, Reps order NBC

The House of Representatives has directed the Nigerian Bottling Company (NBC), producers of Fanta and Sprite soft drinks, to indicate on their products that consumption with Vitamin C is dangerous to health.

The lawmakers also directed the National Agency for Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) to ensure that manufacturers list all chemical compositions in drinks.

They expressly ordered the NBC to as a matter of compulsion tell Nigerians that Fanta and Sprite were dangerous to health when consumed with Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C).

The House said this must be done by printing warning labels on the stipulated products.

The House Ad-Hoc Committee which investigated the production and distribution of drinks manufactured by the Nigeria Bottling Company limited and other drinks produced or marketed in Nigeria made these recommendations.

The Committee also expressed worry that benzoic acid content in Nigeria was much higher than what was obtained in other climes. For instance, while it is 250 milligram per kilogramme in Nigeria, it is 150 miligramme per kilogramme in the UK.

Also at the hearing, the Consumer Protection Council, CPC stated that sunset yellow can be done away with while Benzioc Acid level could be reduced.

But in her presentation at the hearing, Simidele Onabanjo, a Deputy-Director who represented the Director-General of NAFDAC, said that preservatives were healthy.

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