The first of a series of simulations of the Sudan 1 contamination incident has been hailed a success by the Food Standards Agency.

The dummy run, which tested whether in the event of a major out-of-hours food emergency that key industry stakeholders could be contacted quickly, was a precursor to wider simulations later this year.

The results of the initial test will be officially revealed at an FSA board meeting in coming months. However, she added that the vast majority of stakeholders could be contacted rapidly. Future simulations will test arrangements and identify weaknesses in procedures.

The Sudan 1 scandal broke in February last year when hundreds of products were recalled following the contamination of a batch of chilli powder with the illegal food dye (The Grocer, 26 February 2005, p4).