BEIJING, Mar. 12 (xinhua)-- The State Administration
for Industry and Commerce revealed on Thursday that products containing Sudan I,
a potentially cancer-causing colorant, have spread into nine provinces.
The affected provinces include Guangdong, Jiangsu, Zhejiang, Chongqing Municipality and the
Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region.
Local authorities have been ordered to sort out any
tainted products on shelves or in stockrooms, the report said.
The products, Lajiaohong (red pepper) I, are a food
additive which are produced by the Tianyang Food Co Ltd, based in Guangzhou of
South China's Guangdong Province.
Investigators have found the Tianyang company is one
of the original suppliers for the Heinz Meiweiyuan (Guangzhou) Food Co Ltd.
Heinz Meiweiyuan's pepper sauce has been confirmed to contain Sudan I, an
According to the Xinhua news report, the dye is
typically used to add colour to solvents, oils, waxes, and shoe and floor
Both China and the European Union ban the use of
Sudan I in food production.
The British Food Standards Agency in February warned
consumers of food that has been contaminated with Sudan I.
It also offered a list of products on its website
that might contain the dye.
On March 4, a pepper sauce, Meiweiyuan, produced by
the Guangzhou-based Heinz Meiweiyuan (Guangzhou) Food Co Ltd, was found in
Beijing to contain Sudan I.
On the same day, the State Administration for Quality
Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine required the Heinz Meiweiyuan (Guangzhou)
Food Co Ltd to recall its affected products.
In the next several days, products containing the dye
were gradually found in many other regions.
To date, 698 bottles of Meiweiyuan pepper sauce have
been seized by Beijing authorities, according to the report.
In Zhanjiang and Maoming, two coastal cities in
Leizhou Peninsula in western part of Guangdong Province, as many as 40 kilograms
of raw materials, 140 kilograms of dyes and 659 bottles of chili sauce that may
contain the dye, have been inspected in the past two days.
And all the suspected products have been sealed up
for further testing, Liang Xiuxing, director of Zhanjiang Municipal Industrial
and Commercial Administration, said yesterday.
"The products that might contain Sudan I have been
produced by Heinz Meiweiyuan (Guangzhou) Food Co Ltd, a subsidiary of Heinz
Company, and Guangzhou Tianyang Food Co Ltd, one of Heinz's suppliers," Liang
And Guangdong is continuing to launch carpet
inspections for Sudan I throughout the entire province, which borders Hong Kong
and Macao special administrative regions.
Ren Xiaotie, deputy director-general of Guangdong
Provincial Administration of Quality Supervision, said his administration would
try to prevent the products from spreading any ohter areas.
Early this week, law enforcement personnel in
Guangzhou, capital of Guangdong Province, inspected and sealed up 60,624 bottles
of pepper oil, 119.4 kilograms of pepper extract, 66,636 bottles of pepper
sauce, 713.9 kilograms of pepper powder, 1,800 bottles of red vinegar, 34,155
bottles of seafood sauce and some other dyes, additives and related materials
and products that were produced by Heinz.