Kemtoy Miyan Cash & Carry, 203 Rotherhithe New Road, London SE16 2BA has been selling unlabelled Ghanaian palm oil, which contains the illegal colour dye known as Sudan IV. Sudan dye is genotoxic and carcinogenic. This means the product should not be consumed. The FSA has issued a Food Alert for Action.
Sudan dyes are red dyes that are used for colouring solvents, oils, waxes, petrol, and shoe and floor polishes.
Despite investigations by the enforcement authority, it has not been possible to obtain the full distribution details or traceability records for this product. The food business operator does not have any records or invoices for the purchase of the palm oil or customer details. The food business operator has stated that the importer comes from the Dalston area. The FSA believes that distribution covers the London area only.
The palm oil is packaged in clear plastic containers with a red screw top and has no label.
Product: palm oil
Description: red coloured oil
Plastic container sizes: 1 litre, 2.5 litres and 5 litres
To help food safety officers correctly identify this product, pictures of the packaging can be found below.
Pictures of the product packaging
Advice to consumers
If you have bought this product, do not consume it.
Actions to be taken by enforcement authorities
This product contains a significant level of the dye Sudan IV, which causes the food to be unsafe for the purposes of Article 14 of Regulation (EC) No 178/2002 and additionally breaches Regulation (EC) No 1333/2008 of the European Parliament and of the Council on food additives.