Press Release Issued By
Lancashire County Council




Takeaway Joins Curry Club
(19th January 2001)

The latest recruit to Lancashire County Council's Trading Standards Department's 'Curry Club' is a popular takeaway in Burnley.

County Councillor Mrs Irene Roberts will hand over the 'Curry Club' certificate to Mohammed Malik, proprietor of the Tara Asian Takeaway in Rose Grove Lane, Burnley, at a special ceremony being held at the shop at 12.30pm on Tuesday 23rd January.

Lancashire's Trading Standards Department runs the 'Curry Club' and awards special certificates to restaurants and food outlets that indicate a commitment to using less artificial colourings, backed by sampling and recipe checking.

Jim Potts, Lancashire's Chief Trading Standards Officer, who will be at the presentation, said:

"Surveys across the UK have shown excessive levels of artificial food colours, particularly in some Asian meals. In some cases up to four times the legal limit!

"This can be because many consumers expect Asian food to be highly coloured, for example 'fiery red' Tandooris and 'vivid yellow' Masalas. We have joined with many proprietors in Lancashire to promote less colouring and a healthier way of eating."

County Councillor Roberts said:

"The Curry Club is a marvellous for local businesses to demonstrate their commitment to complying with the law and reducing unnecessary colourings in food.

"The meals produced in a more natural way taste just as good, and are definitely better for you. I want to congratulate Mr Malik on joining this ever growing club in Lancashire."

Issued through the Media and Public Relations Group, County Hall, Preston, PR1 9XJ.

For further information please contact Clare Ianson, Senior Press Officer. Tel - 01772 263537 Fax 01772 263553


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