|Rich Myers said he would have to stop selling his "best-selling" raspberry glazed donut cookies. (Photo by=Get Baked)|
[Asia News = Reporter Reakkana] A bakery has had to stop producing its bestselling biscuit after officials found the treats were topped with illegal sprinkles. Get Baked in Leeds withdrew its raspberry glazed donut cookies, which contained a banned food colouring.
Owner Rich Myers branded the decision "ridiculous" and said alternative sprinkles on the market were "rubbish". West Yorkshire Trading Standards said the imported decoration had fallen foul of UK regulations. Mr Myers said: "I know it sounds like a small thing but it is a big deal for my business, we used them a lot. Trading Standards said the E127 food colouring, also known as Erythrosine, is only approved for use in the UK and EU in cocktail cherries and candied cherries. The ingredient has been linked to problems with hyperactivity in children and effects on their mood and behaviour. He said he sourced the US-made cake toppers from a UK-based wholesaler, adding that other products on the market were not as good.
Meanwhile, a spokesperson for West Yorkshire Trading Standards said: "We can confirm that we have advised the business concerned that the use of E127 isn’t permitted in this type of confectionery item "We stand by this advice and would urge all food business operators, when seeking to use imported foods containing additives, to check that they are permitted for use in the UK."