Warning over ‘cancer-causing’ sweets

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Illegal and potentially cancer-causing colours have been found in traditional Asian sweets in West Yorkshire according to Trading Standards.

West Yorkshire Trading Standards is warning consumers and businesses to be on the look out for the sweets containing the illegal dyes, which are brightly coloured fluorescent pink or yellow, and are particularly attractive to children.

Samples of Asian sweets were taken from a number of outlets across West Yorkshire and tested. Dyes called Rhodamine-B and Auramine were found. Rhodamine B is commonly used to stain slides in laboratories, and is used in the sewage industry to test for leaks in drains.


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