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Coke, bottler insist respect of local consumer laws

28 October 2014, 09:01

Lagos - The Nigerian Bottling Company Limited (NBC) and Coca-Cola Nigeria Limited (CCNL) said they had noted from media reports of criminal charges filed against them in relation to alleged violations of the orders issued by the Consumer Protection Council.

These were issued in February following a consumer complaint involving two short-filled cans of Sprite.

To date, the firms have not been served with any criminal charges.

"NBC and CCNL have the utmost respect for the Consumer Protection Council as a regulator and an agency of government and will continue to cooperate with the Council on this matter," read a joint statement.

Also Read: Coca-Cola in Nigerian court over half-empty cans

The companies said they had filed applications for a judicial review of these orders in February 2014, which review is pending in the courts.

"We do not believe that our submission to judicial review is in violation of the Council’s orders. We have full trust in the Nigerian judicial system."

 They said their customers were their highest priority.

"NBC and CCNL take all matters relating to our products very seriously and remain committed to maintaining the highest international quality and food safety standards," read a statement.

Out of respect for the ongoing court processes, the statement read, the firms did not wish to comment further in public on this issue.

- CAJ News


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