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Suspect of Sudan I incident arrested
Updated: 2005-03-29 10:18

China has detained a manager of a supplier found to be the source of the cancer-causing food colouring Sudan I found in Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) and Heinz products, a report said.

The manager of the Guangzhou-based Tianyang Food Co. recently taken into custody faces criminal investigations, the Beijing Morning Post quoted Guangzhou's Vice Mayor Wang Xiaoling as saying.

State media reports had earlier quoted government officials as saying the company was the source of the country's Sudan I scare and had used the dye in raw materials.

China launched a food safety inspection when Sudan I was detected in food and ingredients sold or used by fast food chain KFC and a subsidiary of American company Heinz. The firms suspended sales of the suspect products in China.

So far the dye has been found in 12 of China's provinces and municipalities, sparking recalls, state media said.

Food inspectors in various parts of China last week continued to comb supermarkets and restaurants for food containing the industrial product traditionally used for coloring solvents, oils, waxes, petrol and shoe and floor polishes.

In the northern city of Yanan, Sudan I was still beiing found in food on store shelves, including pepper sauces, barbeque sauces and sauces for "hotpot" soups. The products include those made by a company in the southwest city of Chengdu.

The dye, which was at the center of a European health scare, was found by the Food Standards Agency of Britain in February in a batch of chilli powder made by Premier Foods, one of the country's largest food and beverage companies.

The agency also found the dye in products made by Schweppes, Coca Cola and Unilever.

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