Schweppes Zimbabwe Limited and Coca-Cola Zimbabwe have released a statement saying that the ingredients being used in the manufacture of Mazoe beverages are perfectly safe and pose no health risk. This comes after the company started using artificial sweeteners saying that it was fighting obesity. However, a good number of Zimbabweans did not appreciate the new taste of the iconic beverages and made their feelings known on social media.
A joint statement from Schweppes Zimbabwe and Coca-Cola Zimbabwe said,
The sweeteners we use to do this are some of the most thoroughly researched ingredients in the world, with scientific studies consistently confirming their use and safety. They have been confirmed as safe by globally recognised authorities and local regulatory bodies…We take pride in what we do and listening to feedback and preferences for taste is a key element to this. As we move towards being a total beverage company and introduce more new drinks and recipes, we commit to communicating the changes we are making.