NASS Issues Guidelines on Carbonated Drinks Consumption in Nigeria

Mr. Femi Gbajabiamila with one of the drinks

The Nigeria’s House Representatives, the country’s lower law making chamber has given recommendations that would guide the consumption of carbonated drinks.
The law makers recommendation, which could become law soon called for said that warning label be printed on Fanta and Sprite that the products are harmful when taken with Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C) as from January 1, 2019.
The House of Representatives made the recommendations while considering the report of the Adhoc Committee investigating the safety of carbonated drinks in Nigeria under my leadership of Mr. Femi Gbajabiamila.
The House said that National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), the government agency that regulates the carbonated drinks industry should compel producers/manufacturers to indicate all chemicals, acids, colorants and preservatives contained in their products on the packs or bottles no matter how negligible they are as from January 1, 2019.
The Lawmakers called for the regulating agencies to be adequately funded by the government to enable them effectively monitor adulteration of all drinks produced and marketed in Nigeria.
It also mandated that expiry date must be printed on all carbonated and non-carbonated drinks produced and marketed in Nigeria effective from January 1, 2019.
The recommendation which placed the House Committee on Health Services Place Special Attention to NAFDAC recommended that standard review should be carried out biannually by the Regulating Agencies, particularly Standard Organization of Nigeria (SON) partnering with NAFDAC.
Isaiah Erhiawarien, Nigeria

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