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Surya Foods recalls Mother Africa Palm Oil because it contains illegal dye Sudan IV

England, Wales and Northern Ireland
Last updated: 18 February 2019

Surya Foods is recalling Mother Africa Pure Red Palm Oil and Mother Africa Zomi Palm Oil because they contain the illegal dye Sudan IV, which is potentially genotoxic and carcinogenic. Sudan dyes are red dyes that are used in industrial applications and cannot be used in foods.

Product details

Mother Africa Pure Red Palm Oil
Pack size 2.0 litre
Batch code VT261017A
Best before 01 April 2020
Mother Africa Zomi Palm Oil
Pack size 1.0 litre
Batch code VT 171117SZ
Best before 01 June 2020

Risk statement

The illegal dye Sudan IV is potentially genotoxic and possibly carcinogenic.

Action taken by the company

Surya Foods is recalling the above products. The company has been advised to display point of sale notices in all retail stores that are selling these products. These notices explain to customers why the products are being recalled and tell them what to do if they have bought the product.

Our advice to consumers

If you have bought any of the above products do not eat it. Instead, return it to the store from where it was bought for a full refund.

About product recalls and withdrawals

If there is a problem with a food product that means it should not be sold, then it might be 'withdrawn' (taken off the shelves) or 'recalled' (when customers are asked to return the product). The FSA issues Product Withdrawal Information Notices and Product Recall Information Notices to let consumers and local authorities know about problems associated with food. In some cases, a 'Food Alert for Action' is issued. This provides local authorities with details of specific action to be taken on behalf of consumers.

Ref: FSA-PRIN-20-2018