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Cancer chemical in sauce.

A cancer-causing chemical has been detected in bottles of soy sauce on sale across Britain at levels above those recommended by Government scientists.

The Government's Joint Food Safety and Standards Group conducted the survey after other European states found some soy sauce had high levels of the chemical contaminant 3-monochloropropane-1,2-diol (3-MCPD), known to cause cancer in rats.

The Department of Health said yesterday that there was no immediate risk to public health from the products concerned. It has, however, told the food industry that it would be prudent for them to take prompt action to minimise exposure to the contaminant.
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Publication:The Birmingham Post (England)
Date:Sep 30, 1999
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