The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has notified Nigerians about a batch of contaminated Sprite 50cl glass bottles circulating in the country.
The agency disclosed that the product was discovered following a consumer complaint received and investigated by the post-marketing surveillance unit of the organisation.
NAFDAC, in a statement on its website said upon investigation at the point of purchase and supplier’s address, over five (5) crates of the implicated batch of Sprite 50cl glass bottles were discovered to be contaminated with particles.
The statement, signed by the agency’s management reads in part “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 Practice (cGMP) Inspection of the manufacturing site is to be carried out by the agency, to find out the root cause of the contamination and ensure compliance to marketing authorisation”.
The manufacturer of the product, Nigerian Bottling Company Limited (Abuja plant), the agency said has been directed to recall the implicated batch of the unwholesome product and report to NAFDAC for effective monitoring.
NAFDAC has also urged distributors, retailers, and consumers to exercise caution and vigilance to avoid the consumption, sale, or distribution of the contaminated product, adding that the products’ authenticity and physical condition should be carefully checked.
“Anyone in possession of the above-mentioned batch of Sprite 50cl 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/event after consumption, you are advised to seek immediate medical advice from a qualified healthcare professional”, NAFDAC remarked.
The agency is also encouraging Nigerians to report any suspicious distribution and sale of unwholesome packaged food products to the nearest NAFDAC office, for the public safety.