|September 2, 2003,
just-food.com: All Cirio brand Arrabbiata Pasta
Sauce has been withdrawn from sale by distributor Cirio
Del Monte, a unit of Italian food firm Cirio. The recall
came after some batches of the pasta sauce were found
to contain chili powder contaminated with the chemical
dye Sudan I.
The UK's Food Standards Agency said that anyone who
has purchased this pasta sauce should not eat it. It
should either be returned and a refund requested from
the shop where it was purchased, or thrown away. The
product comes in 400g jars and was on sale in Sainsbury's,
Waitrose and other retailers.
It is thought that Sudan I, a dye that is not permitted
in food, could cause cancer, although there is no immediate
threat of illness. Those most at risk would be people
eating contaminated products regularly over a long time,
the FSA said.
The round jar, which has a blue lid, is labelled Pasta
Sauce Arrabbiata Chilli and has the brand name Cirio
on it. The company says no other Cirio products have
The FSA said it has been investigating which food products
in the UK have been affected by contaminated chilli
powder since July. Several other companies have recalled
a variety of contaminated food products. The chilli
powder in all these products had been imported from
India, where certain producers had been adulterating
their product with the red dye.