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Danger sweets: "Easy to detect" says West Yorkshire Trading Standards

Trevor Gray from West Yorkshire Trading Standards demonstrates how to detect if your sweets contain potentially harmful food colourings which could cause cancer.

It comes after thousands of bags of 'brightly coloured' sweets containing illegal substances were seized from shops in Bradford and Kirklees. A criminal investigation is underway.


Criminal investigation over possible 'cancer' causing sweets

Warning over potentially harmful sweets Credit: ITV Yorkshire

There is a warning about illegal and potentially cancer-causing food colourings, which have been found in children's traditional Asian sweets on sale in West Yorkshire.

Trading Standards have found some, particularly brightly coloured sweets on sale in Bradford and Kirklees that contain dyes which are usually used to identify leaks in sewage pipes. A criminal investigation is now under way.

"Anyone who has a legitimate concern relating to these items should contact the helpline. Rhodamine B, appears green in powder form but when added to water turns a vivid fluorescent pink.

It is not permitted food colour and is considered to be potentially carcinogenic. It is commonly used to stain slides in laboratories and in the sewage industry to test for leaks in drains.

Auramine appears yellow or orange in both powder and liquid forms. It is commonly used to stain laboratory slides. It is not a permitted food colour and is also carcinogenic"

Councillor Val Slater, chairman of West Yorkshire Trading Standards

Consumers and business are being asked to be vigilant and report any sweets which glow under ultraviolet light to trading standards through the Citizens' Advice Consumer Helpline on 08454 040506.

Council budgets approved for consultations

Plans to cut almost nine hundred jobs in West Yorkshire have moved a step closer today. Budget proposals for Bradford and Kirklees councils have been approved to move on to public consultation, with final approval in February.

Up to two hundred of those jobs will be cut from Kirklees council services, and almost seven hundred in Bradford. David Green, leader of Bradford city council, says the cuts don't sit easily with him.


‘Autism Show’ to raise awareness in Kirklees.

The first ever Kirklees Autism Show is being launched by the Council this month in a campaign to improve understanding of the condition.

A new webpage is also being created by Kirklees Council, which will contain support information and a film addressing prejudice towards people with Autism Spectrum Condition (ASC).

The event will take place at Huddersfield Town Hall on Tuesday October 29 from 2pm.

We hope this event will improve understanding of this hidden condition to ensure that the one in 100 people in Kirklees who live with it are able to reach their full potential.

– Cllr Molly Walton, Kirklees Council.

There will be an opportunity to speak to professionals to find out more about things that are important to people with Autism Spectrum Condition, such as employment, transition,housing, leisure activities, diagnosis, benefits and much more.

– Gary Wainwright, Kirklees Council

Sports buddy launch

Hannah Cocroft will launch the Sports Buddy scheme Credit: Calendar news

Olympic champion Hannah Cockroft will launch the Sports Buddy scheme in Kirklees today. It aims to encourage youngsters with physical or learning disbilities to take up a sport, with the help of volunteers.

The main focus is to recruit, train and support volunteer Sport Buddies to carry out short term placements with young people who are looking for someone to help them take part in some form of physical activity or sport.

Strike ballot for council workers

Thousands of Kirklees Council workers are to be balloted on strike action in protest over compulsory redundancies. More than six thousand five hundred people working for the council are to be asked by their union, Unison, to consider industrial action.

The union claims the council has made two workers at Ashbrow Junior School redundant, contrary to an agreement. Staff will vote for strike action from this Thursday until July the 10th.

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