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N1bn Fine: We Did Not Use Expired Raw Materials –Guinness

Guinness Nigeria Plc, has denied the allegation that the company ever used raw materials considered to be expired by the National Agency for Drug Administration and Control, NAFDAC

The director, Corporate Relations in Guinness Nigeria, Sesan Sobowale has denied that the company ever used raw materials considered to be expired by the National Agency for Drug Administration and Control, NAFDAC.

He said the company had already got extension on the ‘best before date’ from the supplier of the malt extract in question.

NAFDAC had imposed N1 billion fine on Guinness over alleged usage of expired raw materials in the company’s production lines.

But Mr. Sobowale told journalists in Lagos that the company usually considered due process in the way it destroyed expired raw materials.

He said the company usually destroyed its expired products and materials at Ado-Ado in Ogun State with relevant documents from government.

Mr. Sobowale said that prior to the day NAFDAC visited the warehouse, it had fumigated the place on October 25 to prevent rodents from entering the warehouse.

He also said that the company, upon receiving a letter from NAFDAC, replied NAFDAC with the documents seeking approval on the extension of “best before date”.

Mr. Sobowale said Guinness also got relevant papers from the Ado-Ode Local Government on disposal of expired raw materials.

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

The Managing Director of Guinness Nigeria, Peter Ndegwa, also said the company would not compromise on the highest standards of quality which were in line with globally accepted code of manufacturing practice.

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

Meanwhile, Guinness has reassured all its consumers on quality of its products. The brewer equally emphasised that all products from Guinness Nigeria conform to the highest standards of quality, having not only been produced in line with the globally accepted code of good manufacturing practice (GMP), but also been repeatedly so-certified by the National Agency for Food and Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC) and the Standards Organization of Nigeria (SON). Mr. Peter Ndegwa, Managing Director of Guinness Nigeria PLC, said this in a statement released to the media this afternoon.

According to Ndegwa, “the meticulous and painstaking work including rigorous quality assurance, that precedes the final production of all our products, has a singular objective: to ensure that our consumers drink products that are healthy and comparable with similar products made by a Diageo facility anywhere else in the world.”

Referring to the Guinness Nigeria production facilities in Ogba, Benin City and Aba, Ndegwa stated that each of the breweries continues to work to exceed critical standards in areas such as quality and very importantly, human safety and environmental preservation. “On an incremental basis we continue to automate our processes,” said Ndegwa.

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