Canadian Food Inspection Agency

Canadian Food Inspection Agency

August 03, 2005 22:04 ET

Health Hazard Alert - Carcinogenic Substance in curry powder

Sudan 1, non-permitted colour in curry powder Attention: Agriculture Editor, Food/Beverage Editor, Health/Medical Editor, Media Editor, News Editor OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Aug. 3, 2005) - The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is warning the public not to consume Rajah brand Curry Powders described below. These products may contain a non-permitted colour, Sudan I, which is considered to be carcinogenic.

The following Rajah brand Curry Powders are affected by this alert:

Product Size Best Before and codes all until
Rajah Premium Hot Curry Powder 100g tins June 2008
425g tins June 2008
400g packets June 2007
Rajah Premium Hot Curry Powder 100g tins June 2008
425g tins June 2008
400g packets June 2007

These products imported from the United Kingdom may have been distributed nationally.

Sudan 1, a red dye, is not allowed as a food colour in Canada. It has been shown to cause cancer in laboratory animals and these findings could also be significant for human health. Its presence in the above mentioned products was identified in Europe. There have been no reported illnesses associated with the consumption of these products.

For more information, consumers and industry can call the CFIA at 1-800-442-2342. 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. local time - Monday to Friday.

For information on receiving recalls by electronic mail, or for other food safety facts, visit our web site at www.inspection.gc.ca. /For further information: Davendra Sharma
Canadian Food Inspection Agency
Office of Food Recall and Safety
(613) 755-2890

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