Apparently worried by reports alleging that some soft drinks in the country could be dangerous to health, Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi State on Tuesday banned the serving and consumption of Coke, Sprite and Fanta at government functions in the state.
The governor gave the directive during a meeting with traditional rulers and town union executives in the state.
A Lagos State High Court had alleged that Fanta Orange and Sprite may be hazardous if consumed with vitamin C. The court said the drinks may contain high levels of benzoic acid and sunset yellow, which may be dangerous for human consumption.
Mr. Umahi on entering the governor’s lodge, venue of the Tuesday meeting, noticed the soft drinks on the tables. Immediately he got to his seat, he requested for the microphone while still standing.
He then proceeded to ask the ushers to remove all bottles of coke, sprite and fanta from the hall as according to him, they are dangerous to consumers’ health.