The bakery owner was ordered to withdraw his best-selling cookie – for using illegal sprays.
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But after an anonymous report, Trading Standards raided a bakery in Leeds, West York.
They asked 32-year-old boss Richard Myers about the source of his American-made spray and confiscated samples for testing.
Officers have now ordered him to withdraw the donut after confirming that the spray contained illegal flavors and additives.
Mr Myers said: “It’s a hoax.
“Sprays are made in the United States but I bought them from a London supplier and they are readily available on the high street.
“Entered trade standards and said we are being investigated for selling illegal sprays.
“He stayed for two hours, which was very stressful.
“They interviewed me and then came back two days later and said I should stop using them immediately.
“Apparently, one of the flavors is banned and can only be used in glacier cherries.” Sprinklers also have e-numbers that are banned in the UK.
“It’s ridiculous, given that kids are allowed to buy Coca-Cola cans, which are full of caffeine.
“We are just an independent business and this is going to affect our trade and my livelihood quite dramatically.”
The married father said he tried to use British-made sprays but the color faded and he did not look “so active”.
He added: “Whoever informed us of the trade standards, all I have to say is, dear Lord, what a sad life.”
In an email, Trading Standards told him: “We have now heard from the Food Standards Agency and they have confirmed that you should not use sprays because they contain unauthorized food additives.”
West Yorkshire Trading Standards said the spray contains E127, which only allows “cocktail cherries and canned cherries, and syrup and cocktail baggy cherries.”
A spokesman said: “We can confirm that we have advised the business concerned to use E127 which is not permitted in this type of confectionery item.
“We adhere to this advice and urge all food business operators to check that they are allowed to use imported food in the UK when using spare parts.”
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