The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has assured Nigerians of the safety of Eva Water produced by Nigerian Bottling Company (NBC).
Director General of NAFDAC, Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye, disclosed in a statement that two lots of the product had been recalled as a precautionary step following the discovery of a default.
According to the statement, the affected Eva bottled water (75cl pack size) lots were produced between 22nd and 23rd May 2019 at the NBC ultramodern factory at Asejire in Ibadan, Oyo State.
“A recall is initiated when there is strong reason to believe that a potentially contaminated food has reached the marketplace whether confirmed or not,” the agency said.
Adeyeye disclosed that the agency declared the water safe having taken the required regulations actions and after adequate corrective and preventive actions were taken by the company.
The statement read in part, “Following discovery of a default in two lots of Eva bottled water (75cl pack size) produced between 22nd and 23rd May 2019 at the NBC ultramodern factory at Asejire in Ibadan, the company immediately initiated a recall of the affected lots and voluntarily notified NAFDAC as is expected of every responsible quality-driven organisation with high priority for Food Safety and safety of its consumers.
“After thorough investigation of the company’s processes supported with detailed laboratory analysis of the water and all other products produced at the factory, NAFDAC is satisfied that adequate corrective and preventive actions are in place to guarantee the quality and safety of Eva water and indeed all Coca Cola products that are registered by NAFDAC.
“It is important to highlight that there is no cause for alarm, as the laboratory reports did not indicate any health threat; the recall was purely precautionary and it is standard food safety practice all over the world.
“A recall is initiated when there is strong reason to believe that a potentially contaminated food has reached the marketplace whether confirmed or not.
“It is reassuring to note that the Nigerian Bottling Company demonstrated a high sense of responsibility in voluntarily reporting the problem and in the recall process. NAFDAC urges all companies and stakeholders to think of the customers’ safety first just like what NBC has done in this case. This is exemplary and should be emulated by all manufacturers.”