Federal Government raises panel to probe controversies surrounding level of ascorbic acid in soft drinks,

Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole, has set up a panel of experts to investigate the controversies surrounding the level of benzoic and ascorbic acid in the soft drinks being produced by the Nigerian Bottling Company-NBC.

Adewole, in a series of tweets on his verified Twitter handle assured Nigerians that the Federal Government had convened a group of experts, including food scientists and nutritionists, to access the safety of preservatives being added to the beverages.

The minister who said the issue has gone beyond the legal aspects of the court verdict and is about morality added that he will also meet with officials of the Standards Organization of Nigeria.

The Lagos State High Court had ordered the National Agency Food Drugs Administration and Control-NAFDAC to direct the NBC to include a warning on the labels of soft drinks that the products could not be taken with Vitamin C.

Meanwhile, the Consumer Protection Council has said it has summoned the management of the NBC to provide detailed information about the composition and all laboratory tests of two of its products that is causing the controversy.



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