FOOD believed to have been contaminated by a cancer-causing dye has been declared safe.
Shaws of Huddersfield - based at Aspley - have been told more tests on some of their products have found no trace of Sudan 1.
Recent fears over the use of the illegal colourant in chilli powder used in some of Shaws' 1889 range of chutneys and relishes led to the firm recalling some products.
But now staff are delighted to learn that contamination of its products has not been as extensive as at first thought.
Further tests by trading standards have cleared another batch of Indian chilli powder, which was suspected of being contaminated by Sudan 1.
The Food Standards Agency has now revised its alert to confirm that Shaws' production since June 1 last year is free of contaminant.
Retail jars with best before end (BBE) on or after 01.06.05 are not now subject to recall.
Managing director Terence Peace said: "This last month has been a difficult time for Shaws. It comes as some relief to know we have had 15 months of unaffected production.
"However, many of these products have already been recalled since the July 31 alert. This has caused a great deal of worry and inconvenience to our customers and ourselves, but it was better to be safe than sorry."
Mr Stephen Kaye, Principal Trading Standards Officer for West Yorkshire, said: "Shaws have co-operated fully with us and recalled all suspect batches to protect their customers.
"We are pleased that new tests have cleared more of their production."
The level of contamination of the earlier production was miniscule, the highest being seven parts per million. Below two is not detectable.