Issued By
West Yorkshire Trading
Standards Service
 

ILLEGAL COLOUR IN FOOD – NEW WARNING

Following earlier Food Hazard Warnings issued over the last few months 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 retailers, caterers and consumers about another product, which the Food Standards Agency has identified as containing Sudan 1 and which has been distributed in the North of England, Midlands and London areas.
The latest product, known to be contaminated with the dye is the Maysum Brand of Frozen Samosas and Spring Rolls manufactured by Bake-a-Paste of Leeds. Although the company has undertaken a trade withdrawal, officers will be visiting retail premises in the county because the following affected products may remain on sale:

Only products with a Best Before date between (and including) 22 May 2023 and 14 October 2023 are affected. No other Maysum product is affected. Photographs of the affected product can be found on the FSA website at https://www.food.gov.uk 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 presents 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.

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 the manufacturer.”

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 for 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 Hallet General Media Contact 0113 383 6407
Andrew Bibby Principal Officer 0113 289 8237
Steven Kaye Principal Officer 0113 289 8229