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Britain's favourite takeaways 'high in illegal colourings'.

Summary: A study into two of Britain's favourite takeaway meals has revealed both can contain illegal levels of fat, salt, sugar and colourings.

A study into two of Britain's favourite takeaway meals has revealed both can contain illegal levels of certain colourings.

The analysis of certain meals at Indian and Chinese takeaways, by the Local Government Group, also examined salt and fat levels.

It found an average portion of chicken tikka masala with pilau rice contained 116 per cent of a person's Guideline Daily Amount (GDA) of saturated fat and 92 per cent of salt.

The average sweet and sour chicken with fried rice meal was found to have 119 per cent of the GDA of salt.

The Local Government Group study, analysed food from 223 takeaways across England and Wales and found illegally high levels of certain colourings, in some of the food.

The Food Standards Agency has called for a voluntary ban on these colourings because of their reported link to hyperactivity in some children.

A spokesman from the agency said: "Were these pre-packaged meals, they would have to carry a health warning advising consumers that they contained these colourings."

At two Chinese takeaways that were investigated, the meat found in sweet and sour chicken meals was in fact turkey.

Councillor Paul Bettison, chairman of the LG Regulation Board, said: "There's no excuse for illegal amounts of colouring and as for secretly using a cheaper type of meat, that's just shamefully ripping off customers."

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