The drinks were first seen as a problem 9 years ago when someone tried to export the Coca-Cola products to the U.K. Coca-Cola and soda water were aloud in, but Sprite and Fanta got denied, because of their high level of benzoic acid.
The Nigerian Bottling Company tried to justify this by saying the product was not meant for export, which created even more outrage. People in Nigeria were questioning why food and drink standards were lower for them, than the U.K.
A representative from Coca-Cola said,
“The levels of all ingredients in these products, including benzoates and ascorbic acid (Vitamin C), are well within the conservative guidelines of the Codex Alimentarius and the Nigeria Industrial Standards.”
The court ruling is being appealed, so there are no changes being made to the Coca-Cola product yet. Keep an eye out for a hazard label on these drinks in the near future!