Thursday 12 November 2015

NAFDAC fines Guinness N1billion ($5 million) for using expired raw materials

Guinness Nigeria Plc said, on Thursday, it had been fined N1 billion naira ($5 million) by the National Agency for Food, Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) over alleged infractions relating to the destruction and re-validation of expired raw materials without prior approval.

The local unit of Diageo said it did not fully understand the basis for the fine nor the particular regulations infringed, but was in talks with the agency to resolve the matter.

It said Guinness had operated in Nigeria for over 65 years and had conducted its business in accordance with the law and Diageo's procedures relating to manufacturing practice.

"We remain committed to working with NAFDAC and other regulatory authorities ... to produce and market quality products ... and look forward to being able to resolve the issue," the brewer said in a statement sent to Reuters.
The regulator gave Guinness, Nigeria's second-largest brewer, two weeks from November 9 to pay the fine.

Credit: Nigerian Tribune

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