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Fake saffron discovery in West Sussex sparks international investigation

The discovery of fake saffron being sold in West Sussex has resulted in an international investigation and the seizure of almost 90kg of the product from a factory in Spain.



Saffron laced with other lower quality ingredients was found in outlets in the county by West Sussex Trading Standards service.

Officers carried out testing on ten samples of the product and seven were adulterated with cheaper plant fibres.

Many of the samples originated from Spain so Trading Standards reported the findings to the Food Standards Agency who then alerted the Spanish Authorities.

Almost 90kg of adulterated saffron worth between £600,000 and £750,000 was seized from a clandestine factory in Alicante, Spain. Two individuals were arrested.

Genuine saffron sells for £6 to £8 per gram.

The method of adulteration usually consists of mixing the pure saffron fibres with other cheaper fibres.

Peter Aston, Trading Standards Team Manager, said:

“Genuine saffron isan expensive product so the potential to make money from adulteration is high.

“This is an excellent result for our Trading Standards service which has led to an international investigation and the discovery of thousands of pounds worth of adulterated saffron.”

Jacquie Russell, West Sussex County Council Cabinet Member for Safer, Stronger Communities, said:

“Deceiving customers through the sale of adulterated saffron is a serious offence, hurting both innocent buyers and legitimate businesses.

“I would like to thank our Trading Standards team for their hard work which resulted in this international investigation.”

Anyone who thinks they have been a victim of an unfair trading practice, should contact Trading Standards via Citizens Advice on 03454 04 05 06 or online via


Crawley school honoured to be visited by Holocaust survivor



Students from The Gatwick School were fascinated to hear from a survior from the Holocaust when he made a visit to the school earlier this week.

Survivor John Hajdu, who was born in 1937, came to the school to speak about his experience of the Holocaust in Budapest, Hungary.

His forty minute talk fascinated the students who were clearing moved by what he had to ssay.

The testimony was followed by a question and answer session to enable students to better understand the nature of the holocaust and to explore it’s lessons in more depth. 

The visit was part of the Holocaust Educational Trust Outreach Program

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