Guinness Nigeria Plc was ordered by the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) to pay N1bn “as administrative charges for various clandestine violations of NAFDAC rules” including “infractions such as the destruction activities carried out by the company without the authorization and supervision of the agency”.
Other violations include
- Re-validating expired products without authorization and supervision by NAFDAC
- Failing to secure the gate of its warehouse from intrusion which “invariably affect the integrity of the raw materials.”
Managing Director of Guinness Nigeria, Peter Ndegwa confirmed that Guinness Nigeria received a letter from NAFDAC. According to Peter;
“as a responsible corporate organization, we take these allegations which relate primarily to raw materials stored in one of our raw materials stores very seriously”.
He noted the company was engaging NAFDAC for clarifications and resolution of the issues.
He went on to note that
“all products from Guinness Nigeria conform to the highest standards of quality, having not only been produced in line with the globally accepted code of good manufacturing practice (GMP), but also been repeatedly so-certified by NAFDAC and the Standards Organization of Nigeria (SON)”. The meticulous and painstaking work, including rigorous quality assurance, that precedes the final production of all our products, has an 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.”