Issued By
West Yorkshire Trading
Standards Service

CONTAMINATED CHILLI POWDER – NEW WARNING

Following earlier Food Hazard Warnings issued over the last few weeks 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 issuing warnings to both retailers, caterers and consumers that they must now not sell or use Cirio brand Arrabbiata Pasta Sauce. The product, which comes in 400g jars, was on sale in Sainsbury's, Waitrose and other retailers. Anyone who has purchased this pasta sauce should not eat it. It can either be returned and a refund requested from the shop where it was purchased, or thrown away.

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 round jar, which has a blue lid, is labelled Pasta Sauce Arrabbiata Chilli and has the brand name Cirio on it. Red chillis are pictured on the label. Photographs of the tomato-based sauce can be found on the FSA website at www.food.gov.uk.

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 ensure no consumers are adversely affected. I would like to appeal via the media to retailers to check their stock and remove all contaminated products and to consumers to check their food cupboards. Anyone with any concerns or who sees any product on sale should contact the West Yorkshire Consumer Helpline on 0113 3 848 848”.


For further information contact:

Carol Hallett General Media Contact 0113 3836407
Steven Kaye Principal Officer 0113 289 8229
Andrew Bibby Principal Officer 0113 289 8237