Being horrified by Sudan 1

by Mark on 02/24/2005

If there was ever a reason not to eat junk food here it is!

Thanks to some dodgy goings on in India a red dye called Sudan 1,used for colouring solvents, oils, waxes, petrol, and shoe and floor polishes, has been found in some chilli powder imported from India. They have also been found in a number of food products containing this chilli powder.

Having look at the list of products affected it look like McDonalds (ha ha) is one of the worst effected – who would have thought you’d find chilli powder in Dijon Mustard Mayo – would have thought it would have mustard in?! And stay clear of all Pot Noodles if I were you!

I love cooking and apart from pizza avoid ready meals, but I’m still going to check the pantry!

Food Standards Agency Chief Executive Dr Jon Bell said: ‘The list of products will continue to be updated and put in the public domain. There is no risk of immediate illness and the health risk generally is likely to be very small.

‘But if you have any of these products at home it’s sensible not to eat them.’

Dr Bell added: ‘The food companies involved are legally responsible for notifying us, removing the affected products and informing consumers. We expect remaining product information to be provided by Thursday and that food businesses remove any remaining affected products as soon as they can.’

The Agency has reminded food companies of their legal responsibility to ensure that food sold is fit for purpose and that they should check that any remaining stock of chilli powder or products made from chilli powder is free from Sudan I. Investigations continue into this incident.

Sudan I can contribute to an increased risk of cancer but at the levels present the risk is likely to be very small. There is no risk of immediate ill health but it is sensible to avoid eating any more.

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