EFET is on lookout for risky spices

The country’s food safety watchdog said yesterday that it was checking claims that a popular brand of spices, made in Greece and believed to contain a carcinogenic substance, had not been sold in the domestic market. The Hellenic Food Authority (EFET) said that Athanassios Yiotis, the Attica-based company that makes the product, informed it yesterday that the spices had only been distributed to Hungary. Nevertheless, EFET said that it would check that no 100g containers of «Captain’s Mix» spices and 45g containers of «Captain’s» spices with garlic and pepper were available in Greece. The products contained Sudan 1 and Sudan IV illegal food dyes, EFET said. In February, Sudan I was found in a batch of Worcester Sauce, causing the recall of some 350 food products. Meanwhile, the details of an investigation into how at least one resident at a retirement home in Athens died in the last month from listeria, thought to be as a result of eating suspect bacon, were handed to chief Athens prosecutor Dimitris Papangelopoulos. He will determine whether any criminal charges should be brought.

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