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Thursday, December 10, 1998 Published at 08:51 GMT


Currying flavours

Takeaway: Some of those curry colours could pose a health risk

A survey has identified the towns of Rotherham and Doncaster as the worst places in Yorkshire to buy a curry.

More than half the takeaways visited by food safety expects had illegal amounts of colouring in dishes and represented a health risk.

BBC's Richard Wells: "Restaurant owners who overcolour their curries face prosection"
Food Safety officials visited Asian takeaways throughout the county, sampling curries and looking for unusually large doses of artificial colourings such as Tartrasine, Sunset Yellow and the oddly named Ponceau 4R.

In small quantities they are quite legal but too much and they can cause hyperactivity amount the young, skin rashes and breathing difficulties.

Technicolour curries

Officials found illegal amounts of the colourings in a quarter of all takeaways visited.

But the figures were considerable higher in Doncaster and Rotherham, half in the former and two thirds in the latter.

Owners have been warned to clean up their cooking or face prosecution.

Colourings give curries an extra yellow or reddish look. But the owner of a chain of Yorkshire curryhouses Mohammad Aslam argues they are unnecessary.

Indian food is now more popular in the UK than the more traditional fare of fish and chips. The spicy cuisine was celebrated in the form of National Curry Day on 10 November. And top of the favourite dishes is the most colourful curry on the menu - Chicken Tikka Masala, a creamy, orangy red concoction.

Rumour has it that it was invented in Britain in the 1970s after a customer who had ordered the dry dish Chicken Tikka asked for a sauce to go with it.

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