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The UK Food Standards Agency has issued another Food Hazard Warning
about chilli powder contaminated by the known carcinogen and
illegal dye Sudan 1.

The UK Food Standards Agency has issued a further Food Hazard Warning about chilli powder contaminated by the known carcinogen and illegal dye Sudan 1.

The original FHW​ was issued on 31 July this year but the safety agency said this week that further information has prompted it to remove suspicion over certain batches of chilli powder.

The chilli powder was imported into the country from India and used in products produced by the company Shaw's in Huddersfield, UK.

Sudan I is not a permitted colour under the Colours in Food Regulations 1995. It may cause cancer and damage to DNA. As a result it is banned in food at any level.

In May this year when France discovered hot chilli imported products contained the illegal dye, emergency measures were immediately undertaken in the EU to stop all imports of such products containing Sudan red.

Details about the FHW update can be found on the FSA​ website.

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