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 West Yorkshire area. The latest product that is known to have been contaminated with the dye is Natco brand Tandoori Masala Spice Mix. The company has undertaken a trade withdrawal of affected product with the batch code M9224 in 100g and 400g packets – all best before dates with this batch code. No other Natco brand products are known to be affected.

The Tandoori Masala spice is sold 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. Photographs of the affected product can be found on the FSA website at 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 product 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 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
Graham Hebblethwaite Divisional Manager 0113 289 8218
Steven Kaye Principal Officer 0113 289 8229