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Health alert as Town Hall urges recall on spice food mix

PUBLISHED: 09:44 28 May 2009 | UPDATED: 14:24 05 October 2010

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PUBLIC Health officials in East London have issued a warning to shoppers and storekeepers this-morning about a carcinogenic food colouring in a spice mix. The alert is over Alif Foods Mix Bisar’ (pictured) which they warn has been found to contain the non-permitted colour Sudan I’

By Mike Brooke

PUBLIC Health officials in East London have issued a warning to shoppers and storekeepers this-morning (Thursday) about a carcinogenic food colouring in a spice mix.

The alert is over Alif Foods Mix Bisar’ (pictured) which they warn has been found to contain the non-permitted colour Sudan I.’

The colouring is carcinogenic, says Tower Hamlets council’s environment office, its presence at any level not being permitted in foodstuffs for any purpose.

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The Mix Bisar’ is imported into Britain by Alif Foods and manufactured and exported by Euro Traders in Pakistan.

“This product poses a risk to people’s health,” said a statement from council cabinet member Abdal Ullah. “Anyone who sees this product for sale, given the uncertainty of distribution, should contact Environmental Health with details.”

It is believed there could be “some distribution channels” in London’s East End which has a large Asian migrant population.

The authority is urging shopkeepers stocking the product to remove it from shelves, put up a sale recall’ notice and contact the Town Hall’s public health office.


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