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N1bn fine: Guinness refutes claim over use of expired products

Guinness Nigeria Plc has disproved claims that the company was re-validating expired products without authorisation and supervision, as well as exposing its raw materials to rodents.
The  Managing Director /Chief Executive Officer of Guinness Nigeria Plc, Mr. Peter Ndegwa,  who stated this in Lagos during a media interaction  said in line with best practices, Guinness Nigeria destroys expired raw materials in partnership with the government, adding that samples of the said revalidated raw materials were taken to the manufacturers who analysed them to know if their ‘best before date’ could be extended, and in cases where they were deemed okay for extension after analysis, they were extended.
He said the over-riding objective of the company was to avail customers of world-class products and value for money through continuous maintenance and improvement of quality it had established in over 60 years of operations in the country.
Ndegwa said :  “We take our responsibility to deliver quality products seriously. 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.”
He said the company’s conformity to the highest standards of quality have enabled the repeated re-certification of its products and procedures  by some of the world’s leading certification organizations as the International Standards Organization (ISO) as well as the National Agency for Food and Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC) and the Standards Organization of Nigeria (SON). The company received the ISO 9002:1994 quality standard in 2001 becoming the first brewery in West Africa to be so honoured.
The Director, Corporate Relations, of Guinness Nigeria Plc, Mr Sesan Sobowale said that it had already got an extension of ‘best before date’ from its supplier for the expired raw materials which made National Agency for Foods, Drugs And Control (NAFDAC) to firm the company one billion naira for infractions.
He claimed that the company ought to informed the agency of development prior to its visit at its third party warehouse at Acme in Ogba, Lagos.
He said the company had never been found wanting as regard such development because it usually took due process in destroying its expired raw materials.
Sobowale said  the company usually destroyed its expired products at Ado – Ado local government in Ogun State with relevant documents backing the effort from government.

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