Bahrain alert over UK food dye scare

Suspect goods are being pulled from shop shelves and port inspectors have been ordered to stop any goods which may be contaminated.

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By  David Robinson Published  February 28, 2005

Bahrain has been put on the alert against contaminated food products from the UK. Suspect goods are being pulled from shop shelves and port inspectors have been ordered to stop any goods which may be contaminated. The alert follows a massive scare in the UK, where more than 400 processed food products were found to contain the banned dye Sudan 1, which has been linked to cancer. It is believed to have come from a tainted batch of Crosse and Blackwell Worcester sauce, which is also used in hundreds of other manufactured foods and ready meals. Around 400 food items have been pulled from shop shelves all over the UK. Bahrain Health Ministry inspectors have so far identified and confiscated three products containing the dye - Walkers Worcester Sauce flavoured crisps, Colman's Sea Food Sauce and Waitrose Shepherd's Pie. The products have been pulled from shop shelves here and inspectors are checking for any other contaminated items, the ministry said in a statement released yesterday. A special team from the food hygiene section has been formed to investigate. Inspectors based at ports have also been ordered to stop the entry of any imports containing similar products, until health inspections are carried out on them and they are found to be safe. The section has also contacted food hygiene departments in neighbouring GCC countries to co-ordinate efforts. The ministry will continue to investigate the matter and will inform the public of future developments, the statement said.

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