According to news reports from the Vanguard and the News Agency of Nigeria, the National Agency For Food and Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC) on Wednesday destroyed expired malt extract and glucose belonging to Guinness Nigeria Plc.
The destruction exercise follows a reported settlement with Guinness of N11.4m. According to reports, Guinness Nigeria withdrew the court action against NAFDAC and the Attorney General of the Federation and agreed to pay the fine.
Last November, NAFDAC had imposed a fine of N1 billion against Guinness as “administrative charges for various clandestine violations of NAFDAC rules, regulations and enactments over a long period of time”. The charges included infractions such as the destruction activities carried out by Guinness and re-validating expired products without the authorization and supervision of NAFDAC.
After the N11.4 million administrative and service charges was paid to NAFDAC, Guinness issued a Notice of Discontinuance of the suit it filed, while NAFDAC agreed to be present during the destruction of the expired raw materials in its rented warehouse.
Both parties also agreed that the resolution would be the procedure for the exercise in future.
Guinness Nigeria also agreed to pay administrative and service charges to NAFDAC to cover the cost of the investigative inspection of raw materials carried out by the Agency as well as the supervision by NAFDAC of the destruction of the raw materials which would be carried out by Guinness Nigeria.