Guinness executives at a media parley last week to clear the air.
(L-R) Managing Director/ Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Peter Ndegwa, Corporate Relations Director, Mr. Sesan Sobowale, Supply Chain Director, Mr. Cephas Afebuameh and Marketing and Innovation Director, Mr. Gavin Pike.
There are two sides to every story and it's about time we heard Guinness' side of the N1billion fine imposed by NAFDAC.
Last week, NAFDAC imposed a N1billion fine on the company based on allegations of Guinness using expired products.
It turns out the story MAY NOT be entirely true. Guinness in a recent press release said the warehouse involved was a rented off-site facility (not a production facility) and they still maintain the highest international standards in production.
Read the official press release below:
November 14, 2015
Guinness remains committed to delivering quality and innovative products
Brewing giant, Guinness Nigeria Plc, has reaffirmed its commitment to continuously deliver quality products through application of the highest standards of good manufacturing practice.
The over-riding objective, according to the Managing Director, Mr. Peter Ndegwa, is to avail customers of world-class products and value for money. In so doing, Guinness will continue to maintain and improve the quality and efficiency that it has established in over 60 years of operations in Nigeria.
He said the company’s conformity to the highest standards of quality have enabled the repeated re-certification of its products and procedures by some of the world’s leading certification organizations as the International Standards Organization (ISO) as well as the National Agency for Food and Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC) and the Standards Organization of Nigeria (SON). The company received the ISO 9002:1994 quality standard in 2001 becoming the first brewery in West Africa to be so honoured.
Also speaking against the backdrop of reported sanction on the company by NAFDAC, Corporate Relations Director, Sesan Sobowale acknowledged the receipt of a letter from NAFDAC. He said the alleged infractions relate to a rented off-site warehouse where raw materials are stored; explaining that the said raw materials store is not a production facility and that the quality of its products was never in issue.
"NAFDAC insists that its authorisation is required before we can carry out the destruction of expired raw materials or indeed in the process of approval of new best before date by the manufacturers of these raw materials and we were in the process of engaging NAFDAC for clarifications and resolution of the issues before the private correspondence from NAFDAC to Guinness Nigeria was clandestinely passed to a journalist at the Punch", Sobowale stressed.
Ndegwa reaffirmed that Guinness Nigeria is very positive that on account of its ongoing engagement with NAFDAC, the issues will be clarified and resolved in a short while.
Guinness Nigeria established its first brewery in Ikeja, Lagos in 1962. Since then it has remained an integral player in Nigeria’s manufacturing space, opening up more breweries located in Benin City and Aba respectively. It has been commended on several occasions not only for its commitment to quality and safety but also importantly, for its contributions to the growth and development of the Nigerian economy.
Someone thinks fining big companies is a crafty way for the new government to raise funds..hmm.
I just hope NAFDAC clears the air on these charges quickly so we can all get back to what we love-- drinking Guinness--- lol.