Food Safety Recall: GoGo Pan Masala - Pochat Training

Food Safety Recall: GoGo Pan Masala

Food Safety Recall: GoGo Pan Masala


Zaiqa GoGo Pan Masala Mouth Freshener is being recalled because it contains a forbidden carcinogenic

GoGo Pan Masala Mouth Freshener

UPDATE : There are now an additional 3 Pan Massala products recalled that are affected by the Rhodamine B. See the 'read more' section for the exact ones.

AKM Foods Limited is recalling Zaiqa GoGo Pan Masala Mouth Freshener. It contains an illegal dye Rhodamine B which is a carcinogenic health risk.

Rhodamine B

Rhodamine B is a chemical compound used as a racer dye to determine the rate and directions of flow and transport in water. They are used a lot in biotechnology applications. However, it is not meant for human consumption as it is  carcinogenic, and thus not permitted in foods.

AKM Foods Limited does not say how the Rhodamine B came to be within their Pan Masala.

Pan Masala

According to wiseGEEK, Pan Masala is a mixture of nuts, seeds, herbs, and spices which is served after meals in India, the Middle East and parts of Southeast Asia, and treated as mouth fresheners. Some households create their own mixtures, and it is possible to buy them. The term masala means a mixture of spices.

Actual ingredients very a lot, depending on people's own tastes and the region they are in. They often contain fennel seeds, cinnamon, cardamom, lime, menthol, areca nuts and betel nuts (the latter two are nuts from particular types of palm trees).

When the mixture is chewed, it helps to freshen the breath and aid digestion - especially useful after eating very spicy foods.

The Zaiqa GoGo Pan Masala Mouth Freshener Recall

Product

Pack Size

Best Before

Danger

Zaiqa GoGo Pan Masala Mouth Freshener

160g

30/05/2019

Rhodamine B, a forbidden chemical and carcinogenic

ZaiqaMix Pan Masala Mouth Freshener

160g

30/05/2019

Rhodamine B, a forbidden chemical and carcinogenic

Zaiqa Mint Pan Masala Mouth Freshener

150g

30/05/2019

Rhodamine B, a forbidden chemical and carcinogenic

Zaiqa Coconut Pan Masala Mouth Freshener

150g

30/05/2019

Rhodamine B, a forbidden chemical and carcinogenic

To read the Food Standards Agency's recall notice, click here. To read AKM Foods Limited's recall on the Food Standards Agency's website, click here.