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Guinness on NAFDAC fine: We did no wrong

Guinness on NAFDAC fine: We did no wrong
November 14
00:39 2015

Sesan Sobowale, director of corporate relations in Guinness Nigeria Plc, has denied that the company used expired raw materials as claimed by the National Agency for Food and Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC).

The regulatory agency recently slammed a fine of N1 billion on Guinness for re-validating some products without approval.

But in an interactive session with journalists in Lagos on Friday, Sobowale maintained that his company usually destroys its expired materials.

He added that Guinness got relevant papers from the Ado-Odo local government in Ogun state on disposal of the expired raw materials in question.


Sobowale explained that extension had already been given on the ‘best before date’ of the malt extract, which is currently generating controversy.

He said his company usually considers due process when destroying expired raw materials.

Sobowale, also the company secretary, said the warehouse which NAFDAC visited was fumigated on October 25 – a day before the inspection.


He added that the company, upon receiving a letter from NAFDAC, replied the agency with the documents seeking approval on the extension of ‘best before date’.

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

Peter Ndegwa, managing director of Guinness Nigeria, said the company “would not compromise on the highest standards of quality, which were in line with globally-accepted code of manufacturing practice”.

He said those standards had also been so-certified by NAFDAC and the Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON).


Ndegwa said the company believed more in its reputation than the financial benefits it gained from the sale of its products.


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