Issac Adewole, Nigeria’s health minister, tweeted experts have convened to investigate the claim about high level of benzoic and ascorbic acid in the soft drinks, particularly Fanta and Sprite produced by the Nigerian Bottling Company.
“A group of experts have been convened to immediately investigate and submit a report. I have also requested a meeting with SON. The issue goes beyond the legal aspects of the court verdict. It is about morality.
“Nigerians need to know that we will put their safety first. The questions are: Is the Coca-Cola produced in Nigeria safe? Is the acidity level acceptable? What is the difference between Coca-Cola products available in Nigeria and the United Kingdom?
“Nigerians are justifiably angry as it concerns the recent verdict of a case involving an exporter. I have instructed NAFDAC to liaise with SON to address Nigerians immediately concerning the safety of Coca-Cola products made locally,” Adewole tweeted.
The investigation followed a Lagos High Court ruling ordering the National Agency for Food Drugs Administration and Control, NAFDAC, to compel the NBC to put a warning Fanta and Sprite should not be taken with Vitamin C.