Governor of Ebonyi State, David Umahi, has banned the serving and consumption of Coke, Fanta and Sprite at government functions in the state.
Umahi gave the instruction on Tuesday during a meeting with traditional rulers and town union executives.
The governor’s reaction could be based on reports and controversy surrounding the consumption of the soft drinks.
The Federal High Court in Lagos State had some few weeks ago in a suit between Fijabi Adebo Holdings Limited and Emmanuel Fijabi Adebo and the Nigerian Bottling Company Ltd (NBC) and the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), ruled that Fanta and Sprite may be hazardous if consumed with vitamin c.
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The NBC however vehemently denied the report, saying that the chemicals in its products were within Nigerian regulatory standards.
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Investigation into the issue by the Consumer Protection Council (CPC), found that the amount of chemicals in Fanta and Sprite were within Nigerian approved standard. However, that Lucozade and Mirinda had much higher chemical (benzoic acid) contents than that approved by Nigerian regulators.
Chances are that Governor Umahi’s decision may be due to these controversies.
As the governor arrived at the meeting, he noticed that the soft drinks were on the table. He immediately requested for a microphone while still standing and asked the ushers to remove all the bottles of coke, sprite and fanta from the hall because they were dangerous to health.
“I don’t want these brands of soft drink to be served in any government function again,” he said.