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. This product has been imported into the UK and distributed by 3 companies including Bestway Cash and Carry stores.
The latest product known to be contaminated with the dye is the French made Dea Brand Harissa Hot Sauce. Although all the importers have undertaken a trade withdrawal, officers will be visiting retail premises in the county in case the affected product remains on sale:


Product Dea Brand Harissa Hot Sauce Pack size 140 and 400g All up to and including Best Before End 21/01/2024

Products with a best before end date from 22/01/2024 are not 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 permitted in any foodstuffs. The product presents a health risk if consumed in sufficient quantity, and does 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 this product at home should throw it away. Retailers, takeaways and restaurants should not sell or use it. The product should be destroyed or returned.”
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 that 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 Hallet General Media Contact 0113 383 6407
Graham Hebblethwaite Divisional Manager 0113 289 8218
Andrew Bibby Principal Officer 0113 289 8237
Steven Kaye Principal Officer 0113 289 8229