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Contaminated Sprite in circulation, NAFDAC warns Nigerians

The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control has alerted Nigerians to a batch of unwholesome Sprite 50-cl glass bottles circulating in Nigeria.

According to NAFDAC, the agency’s post-marketing surveillance unit received a consumer complaint and looked into it before discovering the product.

The agency said the investigation revealed that over five crates of the implicated batch of Sprite 50-cl glass bottles were discovered to be contaminated with particles.

“The affected batch of the unwholesome product has been sampled for laboratory analysis in the NAFDAC laboratory, and the Agency has directed all zonal directors and state coordinators to carry out surveillance and mop up the implicated batch of the unwholesome product.

“Similarly, a comprehensive current Good Manufacturing Practise Inspection of the manufacturing site is to be carried out by the Agency; this is to find the route cause of the contamination and ensure compliance with marketing authorization.

“Furthermore, the company, Nigerian Bottling Company Limited (Abuja plant), has been directed to recall the implicated batch of the unwholesome product and report to NAFDAC for effective monitoring,” NAFDAC said in a statement on its website.

NAFDAC said the product manufacturer was Nigerian Bottling Company Limited (Abuja plant) with an AZ6 22:32 batch number.

It added that the product was manufactured on April 4, 2023.

“NAFDAC implores distributors, retailers, and consumers to exercise caution and vigilance to avoid the consumption, sale, or distribution of the unwholesome product. The products’ authenticity and physical condition should be carefully checked.

“Anyone in possession of the above-mentioned batch of Sprite 50-cl glass bottles is advised to submit stock to the nearest NAFDAC office. If you, or someone you know, have consumed this product or suffered any adverse reaction or event after consumption, you are advised to seek immediate medical advice from a qualified healthcare professional,” it added.

Culled from PUNCH