Although they are safe for consumption, Fanta and Sprite should not be used to take any medicine, the federal government issues warning to the public.
The minister stated these on Friday, after a meeting with the Department of Food and Drug Services, Federal Ministry of Health National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, NAFDAC and Standards Organisation of Nigeria, SON to address the concerns raised over the drinks by a judgement of a Lagos High Court.
The Court had ordered NAFDAC to direct the Nigeria Bottling Company Plc to include a warning on the bottles of the products that the contents cannot be taken with Vitamin C.
The judgment was on a suit filed by a Lagos-based businessman, Emmanuel Adebo, against NBC Plc and NAFDAC.
In his suit, Mr Adebo urged the court to declare that NBC was negligent to its consumers by bottling Fanta and Sprite with excessive levels of benzoic acid and sunset additives. .