Coca-Cola Warned On Quality Issues in Nigeria
This Day (Lagos)
December 9, 2007

The Nigerian Bottling Company plc producers of the popular coca-cola brand of soft drink have been warned to ensure that maximum compliance to good manufacturing practice was employed in the production of their products meant for public consumption or risk closure of their plant.

This warning was handed down by the officials of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, NAFDAC when they paid an unscheduled visit to the companyís plant at Asejire in Ibadan, Oyo State. The visit which was a follow-up to various ones in the past that indicted the company for various poor manufacturing practices such as failure to repair the cooling system in the cold store as a result of which concentrates are stored at temperature of above 28oc, sitting of refuse dump beside the manual washing bay which was not only an eyesore but constituted health hazard to workers in the premises, non installation of filled bottled electronic inspector and poor record keeping of analysis results. Speaking to journalists, the Deputy Director South-West Zone of the Agency, Mr. Macdonald Garba explained that the visit to the company had become necessary because the improper storage of concentrates was critical to the quality of products manufactured. He berated the company for lack of seriousness exhibited in complying with directives.

The Deputy Director revealed that the activities of the company would be under continued surveillance warning that any lapses again would result to absolute closure of the plant.

Mr. Garba who reiterated NAFDAC is commitment to ensuring that only safe and quality regulated products were offered to the consumers vowed that no company should be treated or regarded as sacred cow once public health was involved.

He deplored the actions of some multi-national companies who instead of showing good examples were in the habit of undermining the laws of the country and warned that the era of business as usual was over.

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