You may have seen videos on the web that show tips on using Coca-Cola to remove rust from metals and clean toilet bowls, but that’s surprising, don’t you think? but why is that possible with a drink that many people drink every day?
If the most common criticism of soft drinks is their high sugar content, it seems there is something much worse that Coca-Cola consumers should be concerned about, a Nigerian High Court judge ruled that some of the soft drinks sold under the Coca-Cola brand could be toxic when consumed in combination with food, drinks and supplements rich in vitamin C.
Towards a labelling of health warnings on bottles of Fanta and Sprite:
Wherever you are, you know the Coca-Cola brand well, it is one of the most widely consumed beverages in the world, and in some Third World countries, Coca-Cola products such as Coca, Fanta or Sprite are even more accessible than clean water.
But regular consumers of these soft drinks have more to fear than just the high sugar content of these drinks.
After businessman Dr. Emmanuel Fijabi Adebo filed a lawsuit against the National Agency For Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), Judge Adedayo Oyebanji ruled that high levels of benzoic acid in Fanta and Sprite sodas could pose a health risk to consumers when mixed with ascorbic acid, or vitamin C.
In 2007, Emmanuel Fijabi Adebo’s company, Fijabi Adebo Holdings Limited, bought Nigerian Sprite and Fanta to export to the United Kingdom (United Kingdom) and when the products arrived in the United Kingdom, the health authorities conducted tests and concluded that they were not safe for human consumption, CNN reported.
The products were seized and destroyed because they contained excessive levels of benzoic acid and Sunset Orange Yellow food colouring, both of which pose a serious health risk.
In their defence, the Coca-Cola Company stated that the allegations were inaccurate and not supported by science, and Nigerian Bottling Company lawyers added that the products were not intended for export to other countries.
“All our products are safe and strictly comply with the regulations of the countries where they are sold, while respecting our company’s strict global safety and quality standards,” a Coca-Cola spokesman told The Independent.
Judge Adedayo Oyebanji rejected their defence, stating that any soft drink produced “should be fit for human consumption, regardless of race and creed”.
The Lagos High Court ordered NBC to place labels on Fanta and Sprite bottles, mentioning the risks, and NAFDAC was fined $6,350 for failing to ensure health standards.