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Fiery start for Fairtrade event
Fairtrade curry launch
Lucy Currie sampled Kashmir Singh's curry
A chef at a Scottish restaurant has cooked up a special curry to mark the launch of Fairtrade Fortnight.

Kashmir Singh, of the India Quay restaurant in Glasgow, was set the culinary challenge by charity Oxfam.

He created the Fairtrade Fire Eater using only products sourced through the system, which promises that producers receive a fair price.

The Fairtrade Fire Eater was sampled by 10-year-old Lucy Currie, whose verdict was: "It's lovely."

Events are taking place across Scotland as part of Fairtrade Fortnight, which begins on Monday.

Fairtrade Fortnight presents an ideal opportunity to raise public awareness about the aims and benefits of these issues
Patricia Ferguson

John McAllion of Oxfam said: "If you buy goods that carry the Fairtrade mark, then you can be sure that the workers who made them have been treated fairly and have received a fair wage."

He said Scotland was working its way towards becoming a Fairtrade country.

"It is important that all of us take part in Fairtrade Fortnight and show that we do care about the work conditions of people in poorer parts of the world," he added.

Patricia Ferguson, the minister with responsibility for international development, said the Scottish Executive was committed to making Scotland a fair trade nation.

"Fairtrade Fortnight presents an ideal opportunity to raise public awareness about the aims and benefits of these issues," she said.

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