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Food withdrawal continues amid health fears

An additional 35 food products will be taken off the shelves as a result of illegal Para Red dye contaminations, the Food Standards Agency (FSA) has announced.

More contaminated products may be yet to be discovered, the FSA warned, following its efforts in collaboration with the food industry over the last three days to identify the products.

Affected items include a number of pates from Waitrose and Tesco, as well as curry items from Sainsbury's and Asda, a full list of which has been published by the FSA.

The agency has stressed, however, that consumers are being advised "as a precaution" not to eat the products, since the risk from eating any of them is in fact "very small".

Para Red is similar to Sudan I, the dye implicated in a similar contamination situation announced in February this year. It is in fact an industrial dye and is not permitted for use in food.

The European Commission has recognised that the problem of contamination of spices with illegal dyes is an issue affecting the whole of Europe, and is to hold a meeting with member states next Tuesday to discuss further action to be taken.


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