The cancer-causing additive Sudan Red I haunted Beijing consumers again as the banned chemical has been found in chilli oil produced by a local company, the China Daily reported Friday.
The additive was discovered in bottled chilli oil produced by the Beijing Tianfu Food Co. Ltd., and a total of 640 boxes of stored pepper products, including chilli oil and chilli sauce, have been sealed up, the paper said, citing the municipal quality and technical supervision bureau.
The bureau found the Sudan Red I in two batches of oil produced respectively on Aug. 17 and Oct. 1 in a recent sample test.
However, all the 1,600 bottles of oil produced on Oct. 1 have been sold out, mostly to self-employed vendors, the paper said.
The Food Safety Office under the Beijing municipal government issued an urgent notice on Wednesday evening banning chilli oil products by Tianfu in all stores, supermarkets and markets in the city.
Sudan Red is a red dye traditionally used for coloring solvents, oils, waxes, petrol and shoe and floor polishes. It was found by the Food Standards Agency of Britain in February in a batch of chilli powder made by Premier Foods, one of the country's largest food and beverage companies.
In China, the red dye was first discovered early March in a pepper sauce made by a subsidiary of Heinz -- a goliath international food manufacturer, the Heinz Meiweiyuan Food Co. based in Guangzhou, capital of south China's Guangdong Province.
The red dye has no connection with the African country of Sudan.
China has banned the food use of Sudan Red I, which can increase the risks of cancer.
Source: China Daily