UK bakery under fire for using illegal US food colouring
The spinkles contain E127, which can’t be used in the UK
Get Baked, a bakery in Leeds, has received widespread criticism [and media attention] for using sprinkles sourced from the US rather than British ones. The problem is that said sprinkles contain E127 red food colouring, which is illegal in the UK.
Rich Myers, owner of Get Baked, said he hasn’t used UK sprinkles because he doesn’t think they’re any good, he’s obviously very passionate about this topic.
”Anyone who's into sprinkles will know what I'm on about. Sprinkles you can get in this country are totally s**t. They look wank, they bake wank," Mr Myers said on Facebook.
E127, also known as Erythrosine or Red 3, is heavily restricted in the UK and the EU, it can only be used for cocktail cherries and candied cherries.
Myers said he’ll follow the rules, but that means the bakery will no longer be selling their popular Raspberry Glazed Donut Cookie, or any other treat that requires sprinkles.
"Unfortunately, I am only prepared to use them and no others," Mr Myers said. "If I can't use them, I won't use any. I will be on sprinkle strike and won't budge for no man."
Myers also said he’s “extremely passionate about spinkles”. Well, yes, clearly.