Old El Paso Dinner Kits for enchiladas and burritos found with illegal dye
Thursday 21 April 2005
The Food Standards Agency has been informed that some batches of the seasoning mix in Old El Paso Dinner Kits have been contaminated with a chemical dye, Para Red.
Para Red is not a permitted colour under the Colours in Food Regulations 1995. The Agency has issued a Food Alert for Information.
The manufacturer, General Mills, has withdrawn the affected batches, which are:
- OLD EL PASO DINNER KIT FOR ENCHILADAS
Batch Code 2501073323 Best Before 30/10/05
Batch Code 2501073131 Best Before 01/11/05
Batch Code 2501072459 Best Before 31/10/05
Batch Code 2501075049 Best Before 15/11/05
Batch Code 2501075796 Best Before 15/11/05
- OLD EL PASO DINNER KIT FOR BURRITOS
Batch Code 2501070617 Best Before 11/10/05
Batch Code 2501071455 Best Before 12/10/05
Batch Code 2501072553 Best Before 22/10/05
Batch Code 2501073179 Best Before 17/10/05
Batch Code 2501073419 Best Before 20/10/05
Batch Code 2501073302 Best Before 17/10/05
Batch Code 2501073177 Best Before 30/10/05
Batch Code 2501073180 Best Before 21/10/05
Batch Code 2501073178 Best Before 15/10/05
Batch Code 2501075072 Best Before 15/10/05
No other batch or date codes of these products are known to be affected.
Para Red is chemically very similar to Sudan I. The Agency�s independent scientific experts have advised that, although there is very limited data available, it would be prudent to assume that it could be a genotoxic carcinogen.
The Agency is therefore taking the precaution of advising people not to eat any of the contaminated food. If you have any of the food products listed above you should return the product to the store where you bought it, or direct to the manufacturer to receive a full cash refund or a replacement pack. A freephone customer helpline has been set up and the number is 0800 028 0089.
At the levels found, any risk is likely to be very small, but it is sensible not to eat either of the two affected products.
Food alerts are the FSA's way of letting local authorities and consumers know about problems associated with food and, in some cases, providing details of specific action to be taken.
They are issued under two categories:
- Food Alerts: for Action
- Food Alerts: for Information