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DAILY TRUST, Thursday, April 13, 2017

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Mirinda, Lucozade unsafe for consumption – CPC
By Francis Arinze Iloani, Ojoma Akor (Abuja) &
Mohammed Shosanya (Lagos)

T

he
Consumer
Protection
Council (CPC) said Mirinda and
Lucozade soft drinks are unsafe
for Nigerian consumers.
The council said both beverages
contained benzoic acid level above
the limit approved by the Nigerian
Industrial Standard (NIS).
The Council said in a statement
obtained by Daily Trust yesterday
in Abuja that while the NIS limit for
benzoic acid is 250mg/Kg, when
combined with Vitamin C and 300mg/
Kg without Vitamin C, test revealed
that Mirinda, a product of 7UP
Bottling Company, contained benzoic
acid ranging between 0.56mg/L to
330.9mg/L.
It said Lucozade, formerly produced
by Glaxo SmithKline, contained the
acid between 2.26mg/L to 323.53mg/L.
The two companies were however
not available for comments yesterday.
The council said the test was
conducted at the Sheda Science and
Technology Complex (SHESTCO), a
laboratory under the Federal Ministry
of Science and Technology.
The council said it obtained 65
samples of soft drinks from the open
market in eight locations within the
six geopolitical zones of Nigeria, made
up of Fanta Orange, Sprite, Mirinda
and Lucozade.
“The Council also observed from
the results that there were isolated
cases of Mirinda and Lucozade with
Benzoic Acid levels of 330.9mg/L and

323.53mg/L respectively, which are
above the NIS limit,” the Director
General of CPC, Mrs Dupe Atoki, said.
The Council further said the test
found that benzoic acid levels in
Fanta Orange ranged from 5.09mg/L
to 197.0mg/L while that of Sprite
ranged from 2.82mg/L to 239.0mg/L,

indicating that both soft
drinks were safe for
Nigerian consumers
as they contained
benzoic acid within
the limit approved by
the NIS.
Atoki said NAFDAC

and SON have been informed of the
investigation and has recommended
regulatory action and review of the
“benzoic acid limits in soft drinks as
the current standard, which has been
in existence since 2008 is overdue for
review.”
Effects of excess benzoic acid on
the human system
Head Dietetics Department at
the National Hospital, Abuja, Mrs
Sarah Abagi said excess benzoic acid
has negative effects on the skin, the
nervous system and the skeletal
system and bones.
She said benzoic acid should not
be more than the approved limit or
in large quantities in food and drinks
especially carbonated drinks because
of these effects and the diseases it
cause, adding that it was used as an
emulsifier and in body creams.
Asked the approved limit, she
said deciding the approved limit
for each country or area is usually
done by experts like, food scientists
and food technologists, biochemists
and process engineers under the
purview of regulatory organizations
like National Agency for Food and
Drug Administration and Control
(NAFDAC).
Health experts also say that benzoic
acids may react with ascorbic acid
(Vitamin C) in some soft drinks,
forming small quantities of benzene,
which causes cancer and other
ailments.
Some studies have also linked
benzene with bone marrow failure,
acute leukemia and aplastic anemia.

Malabu: Why we’ll invite Why Buhari didn’t attend FEC meeting – FG
Jonathan – Reps panel
By Isiaka Wakili

By Musa Abdullahi Krishi
The chairman of the
House of Representatives
ad-hoc panel probing
the contract of Oil
Prospecting
License
(OPL)
245,
Razak
Atunwa, has confirmed
that
his
committee
would invite former
president,
Goodluck
Jonathan.
The lawmaker said in a
statement yesterday that
the committee plans to
invite Jonathan, but that
they are still monitoring
unfolding events.
“The
House
of
Representatives,
by
a
resolution
taken
at plenary set up
and
mandated
this
committee to, inter
alia,
conduct
a
thorough examination
of the process and
circumstances
surrounding OPL 245
and identify culpability
of any persons, groups or
organizations.
“The
committee
is aware of recent
information
that
has come to light,
both
nationally
and
internationally,
indicating that former

president
Goodluck
Jonathan may have
been complicit in the
controversial OPL 245
deal.
“The committee is
also closely monitoring
the proceedings in the
Italian Courts instituted
by the Public Prosecutor
of Milan, in which
ministers in Jonathan
administration
were
mentioned
including
the president Jonathan
himself.
“These facts have
firmly placed former
president Jonathan on
the committee’s radar.
The committee believes
that former president
Jonathan may well be in
a position to assist it with
its inquiries.
“A c c o r d i n g l y,
the
committee
is
considering inviting him
to give evidence before
it. An announcement
will be made once a
formal firm decision is
taken on the matter. The
committee intends to be
meticulous,
thorough
and comprehensive in
its inquiry so as to bring
about finality to this
seemingly
intractable
matter,” he said.

The Federal Government
said
President
Muhammadu
Buhari
was absent at yesterday’s
meeting of the Federal
Executive
Council
(FEC) because he was
attending to other issues.
Ministers had been
seated awaiting the
president’s arrival before
Vice President Yemi
Osinbajo called for the
recitation of the national
anthem and presided
over the meeting, which
lasted three hours.
It was the first time
President
Buhari
would be absent at the
FEC meeting since he
returned to Nigeria from
a medical vacation in

London on March 10.
President Buhari had,
at that time, told the
nation that he would,
in some weeks’ time,
go back to London for
further check-ups.
Addressing
State
House correspondents
after the meeting, the
Minister of Information
and
Culture,
Lai
Mohammed, said the
president’s absence did
not indicate that he was
ill again.
According
to
Mohammed, it is not
unusual for Osinbajo to
preside over a council
meeting even if Buhari is
hale and hearty.
He
said: “Clearly,
when we came in this
(yesterday)
morning,

Mr
President
was
not in the Chambers.
Understandably,
that
has sparked a lot of
controversies
and
agitation among the
people.
“Mr President is in
town. Mr President
is attending to other
issues. He looked at
the agenda, it was light
and he decided that
vice president should
preside.
“Mr.
President
is
not ill. He’s not sick. It
is not unusual for the
president to ask the VP
to preside. We know it is
not unusual. The interest
that has been shown was
given the fact that the
president was away for
a while for treatment.

So, we are not surprised
that people may be
wondering is he ill again?
“Tomorrow morning,
he will be back in the
office. It is not unusual
even if the president
is hale and hearty for
the VP to preside over a
council meeting, even
when the president is
around.
“The fact that Mr
President is not in the
office does not mean
that he is not working. I
have just been told now
that the Secretary to the
Government is already
with him in the residence
working. So, the fact that
you did not see him in
the office does not mean
that he is not working at
all.”

DSS foils attack on US, UK embassies
By Ronald Mutum
The Department of State Services
(DSS) has arrested five suspects
allegedly planning to attack the
United States and United Kingdom
embassies in Abuja.
A statement yesterday by DSS
official, Tony Opuiyo, said the
service busted the ISIS-linked
Boko Haram members based in
Benue State and the FCT.
He said: “The group had
perfected plans to attack the UK
and American embassies and

other western interests in Abuja.”
He added that: “during the
operation to thwart this plan, five
key suspects, namely: Isa Jibril,
Jibril Jibril, Abu Omale Jibril,
Halidu Sule and Amhodu Salifu,
were arrested.”
He also said suspected Ansaru
kingpins, Ahmed Momoh and
Al-amin Mohammed Jamin were
arrested at Igarra, Akoko Edo LGA,
Edo State.
They were said to have been
confirmed as associates of Abu
Uwais, the main Ansaru kingpin

terrorizing residents in Kogi and
Edo States.
Opuiyo further said former
Governor of Benue State, Gabriel
Suswam, is being detained in line
with the dictates of the law, noting
that he has not cooperated on
issues concerning the recovery of
large cache of arms at his facilities.
He explained that, “While
investigation is ongoing on this
matter, the Service has valid
detention warrants to keep him. He
will be charged accordingly, once
the investigations are concluded.”