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“True saffron” offered on contained unknown leaves and unauthorised dye


The Czech Agriculture and Food Inspection Authority pays high attention to new forms of sale of foodstuffs including offering by means of social networks, websites for private advertisements and auction servers.

CAFIA inspectors focused on Internet sale detected a non-compliant sample of a foodstuff sold via under description “True saffron imported from Oman”. The product in question was sold by a person with following contact details: Zuzana Šafrhansová, U Lesa 954, 25168 Sulice.

Laboratory analysis of the sample proved that the metabolomics profile of the product failed to  correspond to Crocus sativus and further confirmed presence of dye E122 – azorubine which is not authorised for the use in this sort of foodstuffs. The consignment contained only an openable transparent bag with a substrate of plant origin and no further description was attached.

With regard to the fact that the foodstuff in question was offered on the Internet as “True saffron imported from Oman” while the analysis proved that Crocus sativus was not concerned, the inspected person violated Regulation (EU) No. 1169/2011 and due to presence of unauthorised additive azorubine in the given assortment also Regulation (EU) No. 1333/2008.

CAFIA will initiate an administrative procedure on imposition of a fine with the inspected person.


Article by: Mgr. Pavel Kopřiva – CAFIA Spokesperson, phone.: +420 542 426 633