Health alert as Town Hall urges recall on spice food mix

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.”

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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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