Issued By
West Yorkshire Trading
Standards Service
 

CONTAMINATED CHILLI POWDER ALERT

Following a Food Hazard Warning issued on 31 July 2023 about contaminated chilli powder containing an illegal dye, Sudan 1, a potentially cancer causing chemical, West Yorkshire Trading Standards Service and local Environmental Health Departments are reiterating warnings to both retailers, caterers and consumers that they must not sell or use any of the contaminated “Rajah” brand products, details of which are given below. Following the earlier warning put out by the Food Standards Agency (FSA), checks made at retail and other premises by TSO’s and EHO’s have found significant amounts of the affected products still on sale or in use.

Sudan 1 is not a permitted food colour and is believed to be a genotoxic carcinogen and its presence, at any level, is not allowed in any foodstuffs. The products present a health risk if consumed in sufficient quantity, and do not comply with the food safety requirements specified in the Food Safety Act 1990 due to the contamination. The trade withdrawal of all affected products has been underway for several weeks, but the distribution has been so widespread that it is difficult to ensure all those who need to know about the problem get the message.

Martin Wood, Chief Trading Standards Officer of West Yorkshire Trading Standards Service said: “Although there is no immediate threat of illness, those most at risk would be people eating contaminated products regularly over a long time, anyone who has one of these products at home should throw it away and retailers, takeaways and restaurants should not sell or use it, but destroy it or return it to their suppliers.”

Councillor Graham Clarke, Chairman of the West Yorkshire Trading Standards Service added: “Despite the warnings and action taken so far, there is still more to do to get the message across. Although my officers and colleagues in Environmental Health will do their utmost to contact as many premises as possible, this is a mammoth task and I would like to appeal via the media to retailers to check their stock and remove all contaminated products. Anyone with any concerns or who sees any product on sale should contact the West Yorkshire Consumer Helpline on 0113 3 848 848”.

Details of the affected products are given below and further information can be found on the Food Standards Agency website: https://www.food.gov.uk/enforcement/alerts/rajahupdate

For further information contact:

Graham Hebblethwaite Divisional Manager 0113 289 8218
Steven Kaye Principal Officer 0113 289 8229
Carol Hallett: General media contact: 0113 3836407

The Rajah brand products listed below have been identified as containing Sudan I. The company has undertaken a full trade withdrawal of the products with any Best Before End dates up until 18th July 2005 from all their customers.

The details of the products are as follows:

Rajah Tandoori Masala
Rajah Natural Tandoori Masala
Rajah Jerk seasoning
Rajah Chilli & Lemon seasoning
Rajah Oriental Noodle seasoning
Rajah Chicken seasoning

These products are retailed in 100g and 400g packets. These sizes and larger sizes (1kg and 8 kg) are also sold through wholesalers.