Is there Sudan 1 in our food?

Discussion in 'Food and nutrition' started by TimG, Feb 25, 2005.

  1. TimG

    TimG Guest

    Sudan 1 is a red dye used to color polishes, waxes and solvents. It
    isn't meant to be used in food because it's carcinogenic.

    Europe is recalling ~500 food products because some Indian supplier
    put Sudan 1 in its chili powder. What about America? The FDA has been
    silent.

    If Indians use Sudan 1 in their foods, then what about Indian
    restaurants here?


    EU-wide chilli recall ordered
    Evening Standard
    25 February 2005
    The European Union has ordered all food companies in its member states
    to remove stocks of chilli powder that may be contaminated with the
    banned dye Sudan 1. It took action as China called for all food
    imports from the EU to be tested for the red dye, which can lead to an
    increased risk of cancer....

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    Tracking down the rogue powder
    (Filed: 26/02/2005)

    The trail connecting the Indian consignment of contaminated chilli
    powder, pieced together over the past week, highlights the complexity
    of the food chain.

    Sept 2002: Gautam Export Corporation, Mumbai, exports contaminated
    chilli powder to British importer EW Spice Ltd, Ashby de la Zouch,
    Leicestershire.

    2002/3: Gautam Export later says the chilli was originally supplied by
    Volga Spice, Mumbai.

    Five-tonne consignment sold to East Anglian Food Ingredients, Clacton,
    Essex and resold to spice and herb specialists Unbar Rothon,
    Billericay.

    Batch subsequently sold to Premier Foods - company behind Branston,
    Typhoo, HP, Crosse & Blackwell and Sunpat. Chilli then used as
    ingredient in Crosse & Blackwell Worcester Sauce.

    May 2003: French scientists find traces of Sudan 1 in British food.
    Contamination traced to East Anglia Food Ingredients. Affected chilli
    powdered recalled.

    July 2003: Food Standards Agency asks local authorities to recall 25
    products. Contaminated batch sold to Premier Foods slips through the
    net.

    July 2003 to Jan 2005: FSA issues 56 food hazard warnings and food
    alerts on Sudan dyes involving more than 200 products.

    Feb 2004: FSA reminds food industry to check chilli powder imported
    before July 2003.

    Jan 2005: Italian scientists detect Sudan 1 dye in Crosse & Blackwell
    Worcester Sauce.

    Feb 7: Premier Food informs FSA of the contamination.

    Feb 9: Premier Food tells FSA that five products could be affected by
    the scare.

    Feb 14: Premier Foods provides FSA with list of more than 160
    customers in UK. Supermarkets start removing products.

    Feb 18: FSA issues first public warning and publishes list of around
    360 products at risk.

    Feb 24: FSA's deadline to food industry passes. Total number of
    products rises to 474.

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  2. zxcvbob

    zxcvbob Guest

    TimG wrote:
    > Sudan 1 is a red dye used to color polishes, waxes and solvents. It
    > isn't meant to be used in food because it's carcinogenic.
    >
    > Europe is recalling ~500 food products because some Indian supplier
    > put Sudan 1 in its chili powder. What about America? The FDA has been
    > silent.
    >
    > If Indians use Sudan 1 in their foods, then what about Indian
    > restaurants here?
    >
    >
    > EU-wide chilli recall ordered
    > Evening Standard
    > 25 February 2005
    > The European Union has ordered all food companies in its member states
    > to remove stocks of chilli powder that may be contaminated with the
    > banned dye Sudan 1. It took action as China called for all food
    > imports from the EU to be tested for the red dye, which can lead to an
    > increased risk of cancer....
    >



    China? You mean the China that exported crayons with lead pigments in
    them in 1994? With phony "non-toxic" safety logos on the packages?
    (Some even said "Conforms ASTM D-4236" on the boxes.)

    http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml94/94055.html

    Best regards,
    Bob
     
  3. jsn

    jsn Guest

    zxcvbob wrote:
    > TimG wrote:
    > > Sudan 1 is a red dye used to color polishes, waxes and solvents. It
    > > isn't meant to be used in food because it's carcinogenic.
    > >
    > > Europe is recalling ~500 food products because some Indian supplier
    > > put Sudan 1 in its chili powder. What about America? The FDA has

    been
    > > silent.
    > >
    > > If Indians use Sudan 1 in their foods, then what about Indian
    > > restaurants here?
    > >
    > >
    > > EU-wide chilli recall ordered
    > > Evening Standard
    > > 25 February 2005
    > > The European Union has ordered all food companies in its member

    states
    > > to remove stocks of chilli powder that may be contaminated with the
    > > banned dye Sudan 1. It took action as China called for all food
    > > imports from the EU to be tested for the red dye, which can lead to

    an
    > > increased risk of cancer....
    > >

    >
    >
    > China? You mean the China that exported crayons with lead pigments

    in
    > them in 1994? With phony "non-toxic" safety logos on the packages?
    > (Some even said "Conforms ASTM D-4236" on the boxes.)
    >
    > http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml94/94055.html
    >
    > Best regards,
    > Bob


    It's best to avoid processed foods imported from China and India, since
    there is no telling what's in them. BTW whatever happened to mandarin
    oranges? Every can of mandarin oranges is now imported from China.
     
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