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Artificial colours spoiling “tikka masala”

Indian curries could be laced with harmful chemicals.

13 October 2008. London, Indian curries, especially chicken tikka masala, are favourite scoff among food-lovers in the UK, but Britons are now told that the "all inviting" stuff could be laced with harmful chemicals.

Over a quarter of takeaways are illegally using high levels of artificial colourings to make "delicious" curries rather than using turmeric or chilli powder, a survey by Trading Standards officers in west Yorkshire revealed.

One Indian takeaway was found to have used over five times the legal amount. The survey was conducted by sampling the same curry, chicken tikka masala, at each takeaway.

Of those tested nearly all contained a cocktail of the colouring agents Tartazine (E102), Sunset Yellow (E110), Ponceau 4R (E124), Carmoisine (E122) and Allura Red (E129).

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By Harbinder Singh

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