The Association of Convenience Stores has urged its members to seek guidance from suppliers following a Food Standard Agency warning that a number of products in circulation contain an illegal and potentially harmful food dye, Sudan 1. Leading food retailers such as Tesco, Sainsbury's, Morrisons, Waitrose Kwiksave and Marks & Spencer are all affected. The dye is linked to an increased risk of cancer and is believed to be one of the ingredients in a batch of chilli powder used by Premier Foods to manufacture a sauce, which in turn is used as an ingredient in at least 350 different products by the supplier.
ACS chief executive David Rae advised his members to 'remove all recalled products sale as soon as you are aware of exactly what these products are. You should also notify customers via point of sale material available from suppliers.'
A general notice to warn customers is available from the ACS website at www.thelocalshop.com and a full list of contaminated products is available at www.food.gov.uk/sudanlist.