Reps to NBC: Paste warning labels on Sprite, Fanta

The House of Representatives on Wednesday ordered the Nigerian Bottling Company to place warning labels on Sprite and Fanta.

The lawmakers gave the order after considering the report of the Ad Hoc Committee Investigating the Safety of Carbonated Drinks in Nigeria headed by Majority Leader, Femi Gbajabiamila.

The issue had raised much concern across the country after the producers of both drinks and the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control were dragged to court.

Specifically, the drinks company was directed to place warning labels from January 1, 2019, indicating that Sprite and Fanta are dangerous to health when taken with Vitamin C.

Other resolutions adopted by the House are that producers of carbonated drinks should indicate chemicals, colourants, preservatives and acids contained in their products from the same date;

That NAFDAC and the Standards Organization of Nigeria should be adequately funded by government to check the adulteration of all carbonated drinks produced and marketed in Nigeria;

That a review of such products should be carried out every two years by the agencies;

And that the House Committee on Health Services should closely monitor the activities of NAFDAC.





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