Baker’s rant after being reported by customer for using ‘illegal’ sprinkles

A baker’s rant has gone viral after his bakery was dobbed in by an unknown customer for using "illegal sprinkles".

Rich Myers, the owner of Leeds-based Get Baked, took to social media to condemn the actions of the customer who reported him to Trading Standards.

An officer from Trading Standards visited his bakery two weeks ago to investigate the US-imported sprinkles before later confirming they could no longer be used.

The multi-coloured sprinkles contain E127, which although fine in the US, is not permitted in the UK.

In what the bakery has dubbed "Sprinklegate", Rich spoke out about the situation after the ban would see some of his most popular items taken off the menu.

In the post, the 32-year-old wrote: "To whoever reported us to Trading Standards, (Dan?) all I have to say is, dear lord, what a sad little life Jane.

"My daughter, who is now 7 months, has to live with the fact that daddy can't take her to Disneyland, because man can't sell any f****** cookies."

Rich has since vowed not to use any other sprinkle alternative, claiming they taste like "c***".

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Speaking to the Daily Mirror, Rich said: "The thing with sprinkles is British sprinkles are c*** because they're very pastel in colour so they don't bake – the colours just run so they end up with nothing on them.

"You can get American sprinkles which don't do that and they're widely available. We buy them from a shop in London so it's not like we're getting them from a cocaine haulage in Mexico.

"The fact that they're apparently illegal is ridiculous because they're letting them in the country every day."

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Get Baked has received huge support from customers leaping to their defence but it has stated on social media that some people have left negative reviews relating to the sprinkles.

The ban in the UK came after a study made a link between rats ingesting a 4% erythrosine (E127) diet over a period of 30 months and results showed an "increased incidence" of cancerous thyroid tumours.

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A spokesperson for West Yorkshire Trading Standards said: "West Yorkshire Trading Standards can confirm that we have advised the business concerned that the use of E127 is not permitted in this type of confectionery item.

"We stand by this advice and would urge all food business operators, when seeking to use imported foods containing additives, to check that they are permitted for use in the UK."

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