29 November 2012

Gambia: Expired Bottled Drinks - Gambega Clarifies

Following a media report about the discovery of expired bottled drinks at various Gambega outlets in the country, the company has denied that the places where the expired bottled drinks were discovered as mentioned in the report are Gambega outlets.

The Human Resources, Public Affairs and Communication manager of Gambega, Saja Sambou, who walked into the Daily Observer offices on Wednesday, said those outlets where the expired bottle were discovered are operated and run by private business persons who are wholesalers of their products, amongst others, and are found all over the country.

He said their customers and distributors across the country are often sensitised about such issues and take proactive measures to avoid such scenarios. "One of which is the quarantine of the affected bottled drinks from the rest before the company's Quality Assurance Department in collaboration with public health officers who would come in to dispose them off, inline with Coca-cola quality and public health and environmental standards," Sambou further explained.

He assured the general public and their esteemed customers that Gambega Ltd as the authorised bottler of Coca-cola Company in The Gambia has an uncompromising commitment to product safety and quality. He added that over the past125 years the Coca-Cola Company has been producing safe and quality products that customers can trust.

When contacted again on Wednesday, the deputy chief public health officer at the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, Bolong Jobarteh, said the private businessmen are selling the products on behalf of Gambega and when they expire, they are sent back to Gambega Ltd. He added that Gambega has never invited the health officials for disposal of their expired products.

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