Published On: Fri, Nov 28th, 2014 on 4:58 pm

Asian sweet house owner fined for using dye that can be used to trace sewer leaks

Asian Sweets

The owner of an Asian sweet shop in Bradford has been fined after inspectors found products containing illegal food colourings.

An inspection was carried out at Punjab Sweet House, Bradford, in which a tin labelled ‘Cosmeticol Rose Pink’ was found.

This, along with a number of Asian sweets manufactured on the premises, were taken by inspectors as formal samples and submitted to a Public Analyst.

The Public Analyst reported that the ‘Cosmeticol Rose Pink’ colour and Asian sweets (pink patissa and coconut barfi) contained an illegal dye known as Rhodamine B.

It is an industrial chemical, which can be used to trace sewer leaks and is not a permitted food additive.

To place such a product on the market is an offence under Regulation 3 of the Food Additives, Flavourings, Enzymes and Extraction Solvents (England) Regulations 2013.

When interviewed by West Yorkshire Trading Standards, the sweet house owner claimed that around two days before the samples were taken an individual visited his business claiming to be a chef from Pakistan.

Not wanting to offend the man who said the product enhanced colour, the owner agreed to try it. The product was then used in the manufacture of sweet products to be sold to the general public.

In Bradford Magistrates’ Court, the owner said he had not used the product before or since the officers’ visit to his business. He also said he hadn’t sold any of the affected food.

Bradford Magistrates imposed a fine plus costs of £1,080 to the owner.

David Lodge, Head of West Yorkshire Trading Standards, said: “It is really encouraging to see this prosecution, as it has kept dangerous food stuffs off the market, away from unknowing adults and children; this is as a direct result of action from West Yorkshire Trading Standards officers.

“I hope that this will send a message to other food manufacturers to be careful of the ingredients being used and to never sell to the general public if unsure of their safety.”

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