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Vindaloo against violence down under

In February this year a unique event called Vindaloo against Violence took place in the Australian city of Melbourne. A protest against racially motivated violence, and organised by local resident Mia Northrop, it was a huge success, with around 17,000 people and over 400 restaurants taking part. The event became something of a Facebook phenomenon, with the social networking site used to spread the word. Mia says, “We reached out to the Indian community, and all our immi- grant communities, to let them know that we are not indifferent to violence and that they are welcome and entitled to feel safe here. Thanks to gener- ous media coverage this message of

solidarity was carried in over 30 local news articles and broadcasts to the Indian diaspora in Australia.” Vindaloo against Violence was also intended to send a message to the local government and police who have been criticised for not doing enough to tackle racial violence. “We wanted to show that we feel seriously about this issue and want to understand why this violence is happening and what is being done to diffuse it. The official partici- pation of Victoria Police and Premier Brumby in the day’s action illustrates that this message has been received,” Mia adds.

Accolade for Enfield restaurant

The Poppadom on Windmill Hill has been crowned best Enfield restau- rant by visitors to Enfieldpeople.co.uk. The popular local spice restaurant received 44% of the votes cast, ahead of two other restaurants who tied for

second place with 19% each. A spokesman for the website said: ”I’ve always experienced extremely friendly service and have never had a bad curry from them, whether eating in or ordering takeaway. Having tried many

other curry houses I do think that the Poppadom is a cut above the rest - and clearly many people agree!”

Bradford firm fined for importing contaminated curry powder

A Bradford company that imported 2 tonnes of curry powder containing a toxic dye has been ordered to pay more than £15,000 in fines and costs. Mix Bisar contaminated with a can- cer-causing colourant Sudan 1, was imported by Alif Wholesale Foods. Around 2,500 packets of the spices mix

was brought in from from Pakistan without checking they contained the banned substance. The judge, Recorder Michael Gargan, said: “This is a very serious category of offending which put at risk the health of people in this area and, indeed, fur- ther afield.”

Sudan 1 is a synthetically-produced red dye that is a cancer-causing agent, which is banned from food in the European Union. Around 2,000 pack- ets of Mix Bisar remained unaccounted for and there was a nationwide alert to trace them.

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