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Equator Bottlers gets nod to resume operations

NAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 19- Equator Bottlers Limited production plant has received a clean bill of health from the Kisumu East District Public Health Office which means that it can continue carrying out its beverage production.

The plant, which produces and distributes Coca Cola products in the Western Kenya region, Rift Valley and Lake Victoria regions faced an imminent closure due to hygiene issues.

Coca Cola East and Central Africa Public Affairs and Communications Director Norah Odwesso said the plant was now fully operational after they immediately complied with the Public Health notice issued earlier in the week

“I am pleased to confirm that we have received formal communication from the District Public Health Officer, Kisumu, dated February 18 2011, to confirm that the bottling plant is open for production,” she said.

She sought to assure their consumers and the general public that all their bottling operations countrywide were running smoothly and were not affected by the notice.

”The Coca-Cola System in Kenya is committed to maintaining the highest quality standards in the world, in every aspect of production and services, and takes all matters relating to our products very seriously. The safety and well-being of our consumers remains our number one priority,” Ms Odwesso

on fears that their beverages might be contaminated, the officer said the ingredients and manufacturing process used in the production are rigorously regulated not only government and health authorities in Kenya but also in the 200-plus countries in which they operate.

”We appreciate the support we have received from the Kisumu East District Public Health Office and its officials.  We will work closely with them to investigate the integrity of the complaints received,” she concluded

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