Sauce checks simmer after UK cancer scare

Officials from the Hellenic Food Authority (EFET) were conducting checks yesterday in a bid to remove Worcester sauce, imported from Britain, and several other related products from shops following a cancer scare. On Friday, the British Food Standards agency said that more than 350 food products were contaminated with Sudan 1 – an illegal food dye linked to an increased risk of cancer. The dye was present in chili powder used to make Worcester sauce but EFET is targeting a range of products including salad dressings, Chinese sauces and noodles. Meanwhile, the Cypriot Health Ministry asked for a range of the Greek «Attiki» and “Fino” brands of honey to be removed from shelves on the island after traces of 1,4 dichlorobenzine were found in jars that were tested. Beekeepers sometime use dichlorobenzine to keep moths away from their hives but it has been banned in the EU since 2003.

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