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Consumption of Coke, Sprite and Fanta banned in Ebonyi State

by O. S David

Governor rejects the use of Coke, Sprite and Fanta in government function

-Ojo Oluwasegun

The Governor of Ebonyi State, David Umahi has banned the consumption of Coke, Sprite and Fanta at government functions in the state.

The ban follows reports alleging that some soft drinks could be dangerous to health.

The governor gave the order during a meeting with traditional rulers and town union executives in the state.

Recall that a Lagos State High Court had in a suit between Fijabi Adebo Holdings Limited and Emmanuel Fijabi Adebo against the Nigerian Bottling Company Ltd and the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, ruled that Fanta Orange and Sprite may be hazardous if consumed with vitamin C.

The court said the drinks may contain high levels of two additives, benzoic acid and sunset yellow, which may be dangerous for human consumption.

The governor said, “I don’t want these brands of soft drink to be served in any government function again.”

He said this entering the governor’s lodge, venue of the Tuesday meeting, and noticed the soft drinks on the tables.

Umahi then directed the ushers to remove all bottles of coke, sprite and fanta from the hall, saying “they are dangerous to health.” 

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