The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has ordered the Nigerian Bottling Company to recall two batches of 75cl Eva Water manufactured between May 22-23.
This, the agency said, was due to change in colour and presence of particles in the product.
A Friday statement from the agency read, “NAFDAC has directed Nigerian Bottling Company Limited to recall Eva Premium Table Water 75cl as a precautionary step pending investigation.
“The company voluntarily reported on June 20, 2019, a change in colour of the product from colourless to light green and presence of particles in two lots.
“The affected Eva Premium Table Water 75cl was produced between 22nd and 23rd May, 2019. Eva Premium Table Water 75cl produced by Nigerian Bottling Company is registered by NAFDAC.
“The NAFDAC Registration Number is 01-0492.
“The production of Eva Premium Table Water 75cl at Nigerian Bottling Company Limited, Asejire, Ibadan, Oyo State has been suspended pending the outcome of investigation being conducted by the Agency.
“NAFDAC implores distributors, wholesalers and retailers to immediately stop the distribution & sale of the affected Eva Premium Table Water 75cl.
“They should return the stock of the affected product in their possession to Nigerian Bottling Company Ltd, Asejire, Ibadan, Oyo State.”
Reacting to the development, the NBC via a statement explained that it was first to alert NAFDAC on June 20 of the substandard batches.
“The Nigerian Bottling Company is aware of the Public Alert No. 0011/2019 issued by the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control.
“As noted in the alert, on 20th of June 2019, NBC voluntarily notified NAFDAC of two batches of Eva Water (75cl) produced from May 22-23, 2019 in our Asejire Plant, which did not meet our quality standards.
“We had commenced the withdrawal of the affected batches which are 220519.14.27 AC4 and 230519.15.15 AC4, prior to the NAFDAC announcement and are cooperating with the agency in their investigation.
“We regret the inconvenience this issue may have caused our consumers, and we request consumers in possession of products with the stated batch numbers to return them to our nearest offices or distributors/dealers for replacement,” the statement signed by the NBC Director, Public Affairs and Communications, Ekuma Eze, read.
NAFDAC said it would commence investigations during which time production of Eva water has been suspended.