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Do not expose your drinks in plastic bottles to the sun, LASCOPA warns

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Producers, distributors and consumers of plastic bottled drinks have been warned by the Lagos State Consumer Protection Agency (LASCOPA), of the harmful health effects of exposing drinks in plastic bottles to direct sunlight.

Addressing participants at a stakeholders’ parley tagged: “Exposure of Plastic Bottle Drinks to Sunlight: Effects on Consumers Health”, and held in Alausa Ikeja, the Board Chairman of LASCOPA, Mrs. Funmi Falana, in her goodwill message said the parley would afford the participants the opportunity to deliberate and make informed decisions on healthy consumption, especially with bottled drinks.

General Manager of LASCOPA, Mr. Afolabi Solebo Esq; Board Chairman of LASCOPA, Mrs. Funmi Falana; Board Secretary of LASCOPA, Mrs. Arinola Momoh-Ayokanmbi and Head of Consumer Education Department of LASCOPA, Mrs. Folashade Ashaye at the stakeholders parley for producers, distributors and consumers of plastic bottled drinks.

In his contribution, the General Manager, Mr. Afolabi Solebo Esq, noted that the forum became necessary to awaken the consciousness of producers of bottled drinks to their responsibilities and good manufacturing practices as well as sensitise consumers of the dangers inherent in constant exposure of plastic and pet bottled drinks to sunlight.

He stated that plastic bottles, irrespective of the materials used in producing them, portend great danger to the environment due to poor biodegradability.


His words: “These plastic bottles are detrimental to health as most plastic items release a tiny amount of chemicals into the beverages or food they contain. Therefore, as temperature and time increases, the chemical bonds in the plastic increasingly break down and chemicals are more likely to leach, thereby entering into the body system”.

Solebo further stated that the condition of storage and distribution of bottled products as related to temperature, time or duration have an impact on the final quality of products, hence manufacturers need to comply with Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) as well as other relevant laws and regulations governing product manufacturing, storage and distribution.
While acknowledging that the amounts of the chemicals are little, the General Manager warned consumers to avoid consuming contents of plastic containers left in extreme heat.

Cross-section of Stakeholders, Manufacturers, Producers, Distributors and Consumers of plastic bottle drinks at the parley.

Nasiru Abdullahi Argungu of the National Agency for Food, Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), in a presentation at the event, noted that there are established facts about the safety of using plastic packaging materials for water and beverages but the safety can only be guaranteed when proper handling and storage under recommended conditions are strictly observed.

He stated that though handling of water and beverages in Nigeria is a major challenge due to the prevailing hot weather, consumers are strongly advised to store bottled water and all other beverages in plastic containers at room temperature, out of direct sunlight and away from solvents and chemicals such as gasoline, paint thinner, household cleaners and dry-cleaning chemicals.


According to various studies, while investigations into the release of formaldehyde, acetaldehyde and SB concentrations into non-carbonated water stored in PET bottles and exposed to direct sunlight for over 10 days have remained inconclusive, there has been evidence of the copious release of these toxic elements with carbonated drinks in similar plastic containers.

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