Sunday, 21 August 2016

CPC Impounds 69 crates of Expired Guiness Drinks in Anambra

By Okechukwu Onuegbu

The Consumer Protection Council (CPC) has said that it has impounded sixty-nine and half (69 1/2) crates of expired Guinness Alcoholic drinks from a warehouse located at Awba-Ofemmili, Awka North LGA of Anambra State, allegedly belonging to a major distributor of Guinness Nigeria Plc products.

According to the South-East zonal Coordinator of the CPC, Mrs Ngozika Obidike, the seizure was made following complaints by residents of the area, about possible food poisoning after consuming Guinness Africa Special brands allegedly purchased from the distributor.

Obidike also disclosed that “Our complainant, Mr Ikechukwu Nnajidenma and his friends experienced severe purging and vomiting which made them to look at the bottles, to find out that the drinks had expired. Immediately, we visited the warehouse (of Eddinho Nig. Ltd) with policemen, and discovered that 69 1/2 cartons of the Guinness drinks have all expired. We(CPC) quickly took custody of them”.

She, however, noted that the CPC has commenced investigations to ascertain the actual source of the expired products being sold to unsuspecting members of the public, even as she advised people to be mindful of the expiry dates on processed foods and drinks before consuming them.

The South-East Coordinator of CPC further disclosed that the ceased items alongside other expired and unwholesome consumable products in the custody of the council would be destroyed publicly in line with the mandate of the council.

“Our job is to eliminate hazardous products from the market and address consumer’s Complaints amicably through investigation, mediation and conciliation. We shall destroy this drinks as well, because that is our mandate,” she noted.

Investigations revealed that Guiness Nig plc through its distributor, Eddinho Nig Ltd have sold over fifteen thousand (15, ooo) expired ‘Africa Special’ drinks to unsuspecting members of the public via Eddinho Warehouses and business outlets in major cities across the country, between May & June this year.
Meanwhile, the expiry date on the label of the ceased Guinness products was 14th May 2016, while there were still being sold to the public as at 30th May, when the CPC raided the warehouse and impounded the products.



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