A Lagos High Court sitting in the Igbosere area of Lagos Island has ordered the National Agency for Food, Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) to order the Nigerian Bottling Company (NBC) PLC, to put a written warning on Fanta and Sprite bottles stating that both soft drinks are poisonous, when consumed along with Vitamin C.
The court also held that NAFDAC failed Nigerians by declaring, as fit for human consumption, products discovered by tests in the United Kingdom as turning poisonous when mixed with Ascorbic Acid (popularly known as Vitamin C).
In the judgment given by Justice AdedayoOyebanji, the court awarded a cost of 2million Naira against NAFDAC.
The court judgment was given in a suit filed by a Lagos-based businessman, Dr. Emmanuel FijabiAdebo, and his company, FijabiAdebo Holdings Limited, against NBC PLC and NAFDAC.
Mr. Adebo, had in the suit, urged the court to declare that NBC was negligent to its consumers by bottling Fanta and Sprite with excessive levels of benzoic acid and sunset additives.
The businessman also urged the court to order NAFDAC to carry out routine laboratory tests on all the soft drinks and related products NBC bottles to ensure their safety for consumption.