Nigerian State government bans Coke, Fanta, Sprite from its events

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[Eboyin]–Sequel to the news around that certain prominent soft drinks in Nigeria possess a  high level of benzonic acid, which may be dangerous to man’s health, Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi State has banned the serving and consumption of Coke, Sprite and Fanta at government functions in the state.

The directive to ensure ban of the products occurred during a meeting at the governor’s lodge with traditional rulers and town union executives in the state.

Mr. Umahi on entering the venue of the event, noticed the presence of the soft drinks on the table and upon that, he immediately requested for the microphone while still standing.

He then proceeded to ask the ushers to remove all bottles of Coke, Sprite and Fanta from the hall as according to him, they are dangerous to health

“I don’t want these brands of soft drink to be served in any government function again,” he said.

Immediately, the ushers and protocol officers evacuated the drinks from the tables out of the hall.

Recall that THE PAGE had earlier reported that while the Coca-Cola bottling company released a statement noting that it’s products are safe for consumption, the ministry of health, through its minister, Professor Isaac Adewole, has commissioned a group of experts to urgently investigate and submit a report on the recent judgement in a case involving an exporter, the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, NAFDAC, and the Nigerian Bottling Company, NBC, producers of Coca-Cola, in order to provide answers to the question of how safe the soft drinks are.

The ministry health later on in a released signed by its Director, Media and Public Relations, Akinola Boade on March 17, stated that Coca-Cola products manufactured in Nigeria are safe for consumption citing a satisfactory routine inspection conducted at Nigeria Bottling Company by NAFDAC officers in December, 2016 amongst other reasons.




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