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Tuesday, February 22, 2005

Cancer causing red dye in food, welcome to globalisation

D. Mail 21.2.05 "WATCHDOG WITH NO BARK & NO BITE" by Geoffrey Lean.

Sudan 1 has been known to be dangerous for nearly 100 years. It appears it has been used in foods for months without detection. It's known in the industry as 'Red devil' because of its side-effects.

Sudan 1 in food came to light in June 03 - when a French lab. spotted some suspiciously red chili powder & did a full chemical screening on it.

"DANGER DYE RUNS THROUGH FOOD CHAIN" from The Guardian (UK)

Few who eat processed food will have avoided cancer-causing red dye Sudan 1, which was used to adulterate poor quality chilli powder. This was added to Worcester sauce used to flavour over 350 ready-meals, sauces & other foods sold by main supermarkets, food manufacturers & restaurants. It is in many foods from vegetable soup, lasagne, shepherds pie, sausages, prawn cocktail, tuna mayonnaise, pickles etc.

There was an alert about Sudan 1 in 2003 but there has been a 2 year gap between the authorities first discovering the adulteration & the re-call attempt yesterday. They failed to discover it was in so many foods.

Sudan 1 dye is meant to be used in boot & floor polish, industrial solvents & petrol etc.

This chemical family was banned in foods in 1995.

The Food Commission said controls of food ingredients are not good enough & that this is one of the problems of a globalised food system.

Times 19.2.05 "NO SAFE LEVEL FOR DANGER CHEMICAL IN FOOD"
It is a genotoxin which damages DNA & causes cell mutations such as cancer.

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