Suntory Beverage & Food Nigeria Limited, manufacturers of Lucozade has described its Lucozade drink as safe, healthy and fit for human consumption devoid of benzoic acid, as against the recent laboratory report by the Consumer Protection Council (CPC) which stated that Lucozade drink contains the preservative.
The company maintained its determination to producing brands and products in line with local and international standards there and it would not compromise on quality or endanger the lives of Nigerians.
Suntory Beverage & Food Nigeria Limited, which took over from GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Nigeria Plc (GSK Nigeria Plc) in the production of Lucozade and Ribena in 2016 said it became important to clarify the contents of its drink after circulating media reports claimed that the laboratory analysis conducted by the CPC revealed high levels of benzoic acid in Lucozade, above the Nigerian Industrial Standard (NIS) which is 250mg per kg.
“Our attention has been drawn to media reports on an investigation commissioned by the Consumer Protection Commission to analyse the levels of benzoic acid contained in soft drinks produced in Nigeria in which our brand Lucozade was mentioned.
“Suntory Beverage & Food Nigeria Limited will like to state categorically that Lucozade does not contain benzoic acid and our products are processed and manufactured under the best quality standard that meets both local regulations and global guidelines.“ Our local supervisory agencies including the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control and the Standards Organisation of Nigeria routinely validate our processes and standards to ensure the safety of our products for consumer benefits.”
The company reiterated its commitment to producing brands that Nigerians can trust at all times.
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