Coca-Cola, bottler “unaware” of criminal probe
from OKORO CHINEDU in Lagos, Nigeria
LAGOS – THE Nigerian Bottling Company Limited (NBC) and Coca-Cola Nigeria Limited (CCNL) rejected reports they were under a criminal investigation.
“We note from media reports that criminal charges have been filed against NBC and CCNL in relation to alleged violations of the orders that were issued by the Consumer Protection Council in February 2014 following a consumer complaint involving two (2) short-filled cans of Sprite. To date we have not been served with any criminal charges,” the firms said in a statement by Uzo Odenigbo, NBC Head, Public Affairs & Communications and Clem Ugorji, Director, Public Affairs & Communications at CCNL.
The officials said NBC and CCNL had the utmost respect for the Consumer Protection Council as a regulator and an agency of government and will continue to cooperate with the Council on this matter.
“Our consumers and customers are our highest priority. NBC and CCNL take all matters relating to our products very seriously and remain committed to maintaining the highest international quality and food safety standards.”
Earlier this year, a customer complained about half-filled cans of Sprite.
NBC and CCNL filed applications for a judicial review of these orders in February, which review is pending in the courts.
“We do not believe that our submission to judicial review is in violation of the Council’s orders. We have full trust in the Nigerian judicial system.
“Out of respect for the ongoing court processes, we do not wish to comment further in public on this issue.”
– CAJ News
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