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NAFDAC N1 Billion Fine: Guinness Denies Usage of Expired Raw Materials




Sesan Sobowale, the Director, Corporate Relations at Guinness Nigeria, on Friday denied that the company ever used raw materials considered to be expired by NAFDAC.

He said that the company had already gotten extension on the ‘best before date’ from the supplier of the malt extract in question.

You will recall that NAFDAC imposed one billion naira fine on Guinness over alleged usage of expired raw materials in the company’s production lines.

Sobowale told journalists in Lagos that the company usually considered due process in the way it destroyed expired raw materials.

Sobowale said that the company usually destroyed its expired products and materials at Ado-Ado in Ogun State with relevant documents from government.

Sobowale, also the Company Secretary, said that prior to the day NAFDAC visited the warehouse, it had fumigated the place on Oct. 25 to prevent rodents from entering the warehouse.

He also said that the company, upon receiving a letter from NAFDAC, replied NAFDAC with the documents seeking approval on the extension of “best before date”.

Sobowale said that Guinness also got relevant papers from the Ado-Ode Local Goverment on disposal of expired raw materials.

Other papers presented included the certificate on the pest control treatment from a company called AC Fumen International and the FSSC 2200 ISO certificate

The Managing Director of Guinness Nigeria, Peter Ndegwa, said that the company would not compromise on the highest standards of quality which were in line with globally accepted code of manufacturing practice.

He said that those standards had also been co-certified by NAFDAC. Ndegwa said that company believed more in its reputation than the financial benefits it gained from the sale of its products.

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  1. tony

    November 14, 2015 at 2:57 pm

    Sack PAUL ORHI!!!! this man is desperately trying to keep his job, same NAFDAC that reopened Chocolate Royale. We know u are corrupt and just forming activity for PMB… Useless people!!

  2. SWAGG1

    November 14, 2015 at 4:36 pm

    Oh is this shocking??? Nafdac boss is finally doing his job that he has neglected to execute under Jonathan. Well you will soon be fired and replaced by a more competent person.

  3. Lois

    November 14, 2015 at 9:07 pm

    I am using this opportunity to congratulate Nigerians on this new season of ‘fines’ where suddenly, otherwise redundant agencies have suddenly woken up to their abilities to collect non-constitutional fines. Awon oniranu. The same agency that reopened Chocolate Royale after selling to the public expired products. Onye Ara

  4. Ready

    November 16, 2015 at 12:46 pm

    Paul Orhi has lost every moral authority he previously had.

    NAFDAC went mum on the Chocolate Royale and Chivita issue; it just made some initial headlines and went quiet. Same as Consumer Protection Council…now NAFDAC wants to famz the finers’ circle.

    I support tougher regulation for companies, particularly FMCGs but I hope Guinness protests this fine to the end. No regulatory agency should make life unnecessarily hard for businesses.

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