Issued By
County Council

Contaminated Chilli Powder in Spice Mix

THE Food Standards Agency has again issued a warning that some batches of a brand of spice mix are contaminated with the chemical dye Sudan 1.

Mick King, County Trading Standards Officer, Northumberland County Council said: “Our first priority is to get these products off the market and to protect public health. Anyone who has one of these contaminated products should either throw it away, or return it and request a refund from the seller. Shops should not sell them and manufacturers or caterers should not use them as ingredients of meals.”

The product affected is Natco brand Tandoori Masala Spice Mix distributed by Natco Foods Limited. Batch Code: M9224.

The products are packed in 100g and 400g clear plastic bags with black lettering on a yellow background. The front of the pack displays the Natco logo at the top with the product description beneath it and the ingredients are listed on the back of the packet.

Pictures of the products can be viewed by accessing the Food Standards Agency website at

No other Natco brands are known to be affected.

Sudan 1 is a chemical dye which could cause cancer if the products are consumed regularly and over a long period of time.

The products have been withdrawn from sale but people may still have them in their homes.

For further information please contact:

Trading Standards Department
NE61 2AP
Telephone: 01670 534585
Fax: 01670 534590

Further information is available from:
Nicola Sleightholme, Public Relations Assistant, Northumberland County Council
Tel: 01670 533252
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