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CPC Demands Detailed Information About Composition, Laboratory Tests On Sprite, Fanta

The Nigerian Bottling Company, NBC, makers of Sprite and Fanta, has been given seven days by the Consumer Protection Council, CPC, to provide detailed information about the composition and all laboratory tests of the two products.

The Director-General of the apex regulatory agency, Mrs. Dupe Atoki, who wrote to the Managing Director of the NBC, stated that the information to be provided would stretch from the last 10 years to March 2017.

The letter, dated March 15, 2017, with reference number CPC/HQ/2017 and made available to journalists in Abuja on Thursday, said the supplied information would be used for investigation.

She said the CPC, which is in charge of the protection of consumer rights in the country,  would be carrying out a detailed independent investigation into the laboratory processes as well as all the composition of the company’s products.

The letter read in part, “Pursuant to the CPC Act, the council requests your organisation (NBC) to immediately provide all papers, processes, statements, affidavits, motions, arguments, exhibits and files in the case that was the subject of the judgement.

“Identify every witness that the NBC intended to present at the trail, including all witnesses who testified and others intended but who did not testify. In addition, each witness position and the role in the NBC must be identified in your submission.”

The agency also directed the company to “provide the composition of your products, otherwise known as Fanta and Sprite. Any and all quality assurance or laboratory tests conducted by the NBC or commissioned by the NBC, or that have come within the control of the NBC with respect to Fanta and Sprite between 2009 and March 2017.”

The NBC was also directed to identify the custodian of the composition and component of Fanta and Sprite in the United Kingdom, UK, and the United States, US.

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