Illegal dye sparks curry sauce recall

By James Ridler contact

- Last updated on GMT

Rhodamine B has been found in Shahzada Industries’ GoGo Fresh & Sweet Pan Masala
Rhodamine B has been found in Shahzada Industries’ GoGo Fresh & Sweet Pan Masala

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The presence of an illegal dye has sparked a recall of curry sauce from online stores in the UK.

Top Star Marketing UK has been forced to recall Shahzada Industries’ GoGo Fresh & Sweet Pan Masala for containing Rhodamine B, a food colouring considered to be partially carcinogenic.

The product also contains flour from an unknown source, which is not mentioned on the label. This meant the product was a possible health risk for anyone with allergies or intolerances.

Top Star’s recall applied to 150g packs of the cooking sauce across all expiry dates. Customers who have bought the affected product were advised not to eat it and instead return it to the store it was purchased from for a full refund – with or without a receipt.

Essential trips

In a notice regarding the recall, the Food Standards Agency said: “If customers are making an essential trip to the store from where it was bought, they can return the item in-store for a full refund.”

GoGo Fresh & Sweet Pan Masala has been available online through retailers Amazon and PoojaSweets.com.

The past month has seen a number of recalls of food and drink products for both containing undeclared allergens and contamination.

Food recalls

At the end of April, General Mills recalled Green Giant Original Sweetcorn because some seams may be faulty due to a packaging fault, which could have made the product unsafe to eat. Customers in procession of 198g tins of the sweetcorn with the batch codes 293 1S1, 294 1S1 and 295 1S1 were advised to return them to the store they were purchased from to receive a full refund.

Undeclared milk was the cause of a recall of Shana Foods’ Mixed Vegetable Samosas, making the product a possible health risk for consumers with an allergy or intolerance to the ingredient. Samosas included in the recall had the batch code FSUBA20A101 and a best-before end date of 28 January 2022.

Co-op recalled its own-label Sliced Pepperoni after E.coli O157 was found in the product. This applied to 70g packs of the product with the use-by date of 19 May 2020.

Meanwhile, product recall guidance vital for tackling allergen contamination and labelling errors, plus advice on contingency planning and use of technology for cost-effective recall management were presented at an exclusive webinar on 17 March.

Related topics: Food Safety, Ambient foods

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