(Last Updated On: April 19, 2017)

by James, Michael Igiri

Suntory Beverage and Food Nigeria Limited, manufacturers of Lucozade have

assured its consumers as well as the general public that its range of Lucozade

drinks do not contain benzoic acid and as such is safe and healthy for human

consumption as they do not contain the harmful benzoic acid.

The revelation became necessary after some unconfirmed reports claimed that

benzoic acid has been detected in Lucozade.

In a media statement from the manufacturers firm, Suntory Beverage and Food

Nigeria Limited said that all its brands are produced in line with local and

international standards and it will not compromise quality or endanger the lives of


“Our attention has been drawn to media reports on an investigation commissioned

by the Consumer Protection Council (CPC) to analyse the levels of benzoic acid

contained in soft drinks produced in Nigeria in which our brand Lucozade was


“We will like to state categorically that Lucozade does not contain benzoic acid

and our products are processed and manufactured under the best quality standard

meets both local regulations and global guidelines” the statement said.

It was further stated: “Our local supervisory agencies including NAFDAC and

SON routinely validate our processes and standards to ensure the safety of our

products for consumer benefits.”

In view of this clarification, the company reassured its consumers of its

commitment towards producing brands that Nigerians construct at all times.

“Lucozade is a drink of heritage that has energized Nigerians for over four

decades. As a company, the safety of our consumers is paramount to us, and we

will do everything possible to protest the trust they have vested in us to deliver

world class products” the statement explained.

This is coming just a few weeks after the controversy that rocked giant beverage

maker, Coca-Cola Nigeria over the discovery of benzoic acid in the content of

some of its products.