UK bakery under fire for using illegal US food colouring

The spinkles contain E127, which can’t be used in the UK

7w ago

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.

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Comments (5)


      1 month ago
  • I have to say I do kind of understand how this man feels. When looking for sprinkles for my children's birthday cakes I always struggle to find appealing coloured ones... but I also understand from an E number point of view its not good. Surely someone can come up with colourings which are good for all????

      1 month ago
  • So, apparently the colour contains iodine and, when you feed enormous amounts of it to rats they may develop tumors. I'd say this one is just the typical EU/UK freakout over everything. There ARE other US sprinkles that don't contain it, but I have no idea about their cookery versatility.

      1 month ago
  • I wonder what makes the red illegal 🤔

      1 month ago
  • This bakery is under fire for using sprinkles with illegal food colouring @tribe

      1 month ago