Firm takes NAFDAC to court over alleged contaminated table water
A limited liability company, DAI Brothers Investment Limited alleged to have been supplied with contaminated Aquafina Table water bottled by Seven-Up Bottling Company Plc, has instituted a suit before a Federal high court, Lagos, seeking an order compelling National Agency For food and Drug Administration and control (NAFDAC) to release forthwith on oath the Certificate of Report of Laboratory analysis on Aquafina Table Water, vide its Notice of Complaint.
The applicant, in an affidavit sworn to by its Managing Director, Ibrahim Yaro and filed before the court by Barrister Jerry Omoregie, the deponent alleged that sometime between November and December 2015, his company purchased Aquafina Table water from Gjonny Enterprises, an accredited distributor/deport of Seven-Up Bottling company Plc bottler of AquafinaTable Water for supplies to the vessel M.T. Marina, one of its major clients.
However, the company stated that it was rudely shocked to be informed by the owners of the Vessel M.T. Marina that the Aquafina Table water supplied was contaminated and some crew members who were foreign nationals of the M. T. Marina, who consumed the said Table water immediately took ill and were evacuated and flown to India for medical treatment.
Yaro alleged further that following a close scrutiny of the Aquafina Table water, it was discovered that the said water contains particles and foreign bodies of black substances.
Thereafter the applicants through its Solicitors lodged a complaint to the Director of NAFDAC in Apapa. Adding following the complaint, the men and officers of NAFDAC investigation and the Enforcement Directorate, Apapa, Lagos recovered from the Applicants company 22 packs of 150cl of Aquafina Table Water.
Upon the recovery of the 22 packs of the said Table water from the store of the company, samples were taken of the said watermarked and sealed for laboratory analysis by NAFDAC, in the presence of the company and the representative of Seven -Up Bottling Plc.