Guiness Nigeria through the director, Corporate Relations Manager, Sesan Sobowale, has denied that the company ever used raw materials considered to be expired by NAFDAC.
He said the company had already got extension on the ‘best before date’ from the supplier of the malt extract in question.
The National Agency for Drug Administration and Control, NAFDAC, imposed N1 billion fine on Guinness over alleged usage of expired raw materials in the company’s production lines.
Mr. Sobowale told journalists in Lagos that the company considers due process in the way it destroys expired raw materials.
'' we destroy our expired products and materials at Ado-Ado in Ogun State with relevant documents from government.'' he said
Mr. Sobowale said that prior to the day NAFDAC visited the warehouse, it had fumigated the place on October 25 to prevent rodents from entering the warehouse.
He also said that the company, upon receiving a letter from NAFDAC, replied NAFDAC with the documents seeking approval on the extension of “best before date”.
Mr. Sobowale said Guinness also got relevant papers from the Ado-Ode Local Government on disposal of expired raw materials.
Other papers presented included the certificate on pest control treatment from a company called AC Fumen International and the FSSC 2200 ISO certificate
Managing Director, Guinness Nigeria, Peter Ndegwa, said, ''we would not compromise on the highest standards of quality which were in line with globally accepted code of manufacturing practice,as we believe more in our reputation than the financial benefits we gain from the sale of our products.