9th November, 2010
Following complaints recieved by readers of Consumer’s Advocate, there areÂ indications that currently there may beÂ contaminated Smirnoff Ice drinkÂ on sale.
Smirnoff Ice is a spirit mixed drink made by Guinness Nigeria Plc. It contains 5.5Â per cent alcohol and comes in 300 mlÂ bottle and Can.
According to our findings, most of the contaminated bottles contain varying sizes ofÂ visible dirty particles. Some of the bottles may require little shaking before theÂ dirts can be seen.
It is not clear if the 35 ml can is also contaminated but consumers are advised toÂ check it properly before drinking.
At a store in Agege where some bottles of the drinks were found, the owner told ourÂ reporter that for over two months now, his customers have been complaining aboutÂ finding dirt in their drinks.
According to the store owner who didÂ not want his name mentioned, after receivingÂ several complaints from his customers, he checked his stock for confirmation.
â€œ When people continued to complain to us about the dirt they found in the SmirnoffÂ Ice they bought from us, we decided to check our stock for verification. When weÂ checked we discovered it was true. We found out that for each of the crates we had,Â there were two or three bottles containing noticeable dirt, â€ the store owner said
â€œThe discovery was shocking to us because we buy from Tasho, a major depot ofÂ Guinness in Idimu. We have our original receipt of purchase of the drink from theÂ depot and we are currently making efforts to notify them about our discovery.â€
To confirm theÂ store owner’s claim that the contaminated bottles were truly fromÂ Guinness, considering the high quality for which the company is known, Consumerâ€™sÂ Advocate went to the companyâ€™s headquarters in Ikeja.
Our reporter was told thatÂ to see the Corporate Affairs Manager of the company, heÂ would need to fill a form, stating his purpose of visit. After filling the form andÂ waiting forÂ over 90mins, the receptionist told himÂ toÂ writeÂ an official letter to the company stating the reason for the visit asÂ directed by theÂ manager.
Because of the need for the company to act quickly on the matter, our reporter leftÂ a short note with his telephone number for the Manager with the receptionist, but upÂ till the time of writing this report,Â no response has been received from theÂ company.
Consumers Advocate uses this medium to appeal to the management of Guinness toÂ seriously look into the matter as the lives of thousands ofÂ consumers of SmirnoffÂ iceÂ Â maybe at risk.
Consumers Advocate is not sure if theÂ contaminated drink is the handiwork ofÂ dubious fake drink factories or a quality control lapse from Guinness. Our concern,Â however, is that Guinness should take necessary action to save the lives ofÂ thousands of consumers who are lovers of the brand.
We also call on the National Agency for Food and Drugs Administration and ControlÂ (NAFDAC) to look into the matter.
We enjoin consumers of all brands of drinks to be vigilant by properly checkingÂ their drinks before taking them.
Meanwhile, we assure our exteemed readers that we will continue inform you onÂ further investigations on this matter.