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Dangerous soda in Nigeria Printable Version PRINTABLE VERSION
by Ibukun, Nigeria Mar 24, 2007
Health   Opinions


Rather than reaching for water when thirst parches our throats, many people here in Nigeria prefer to go for beverages of the Coca-Cola Company and the Seven UP Company. Recently, we have had a proportional increase in the number of soda and juice companies.

It is no longer unusual in Nigeria to come across foreign substances in these bottled beverages. The NAFDAC of Nigeria rarely raised its eyebrows about this issue. I have a close friend who found cockroach defecation in a drink he bought at one of the leading fast-food restaurants in Nigeria. There are many more examples, but the one I experienced recently was so alarming. A friend of mine bought a drink to suppress his hunger, and you would not believe it, he did not find cockroach. Neither did he find some minute substance this time, but found an entire syringe inside a bottle of orange drink. It sounds hyperbolic, but, believe, it was reality.

The point to ponder is that, for how long will this continue to go on without proper attention from the right quarters? Should one pay money to put something in his mouth and as a result of that fall ill? Who knows what remnants are contained in the paper–packed juice we all rave about?

The examples I give are ones we have seen because they are solid objects. My concern is about the unknown and unhygienic liquid substances that are mixed with the ‘sugared’ water we delight in drinking. I think more attention and dexterity are needed in the bottling and packaging of these beverages. Save us from the unforeseen danger attached to these ‘sweet killers.’ Save us from using our money to buy sweet death.



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I love the media asa tool for self-accalimed telescope of reasoning. I'm currently the Editor-in-Chief of Paragon Magazine in Nigeria.
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