Baker’s rant leaves people in stitches after council ban his ‘illegal’ sprinkles

Rich Myers was gobsmacked when a Trading Standards officer told him that he was being investigated over his colourful choice of decorations for his best-selling cakes

Bakery owner Rich Myers from Leeds

A fuming bakery owner’s rant went viral after a customer reported his ‘illegal sprinkles’ to the Trading Standards.

Rich Myers slammed the unknown customer who reported him to Trading Standards over the cake topping – and claimed the legal ones taste like “crap”

The baker said officers from Trading Standards officer visited his bakery two weeks ago before ruling that the US-imported sprinkles that he uses are banned.

The colourful sprinkles contain E127, which is ‘not permitted’ for use in sprinkles in the UK.

The 32-year-old branded the whole ordeal ‘ridiculous’ and went viral after the bakery chronicled the ordeal online.








Trading Standards said the product contained a banned additive.
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Owner Rich said the alternative sprinkles on the market were “rubbish”
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In one past, he 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***ing cookies.”

In a comment, he added: “I realise how insane this is. Unfortunately, I am only prepared to use them and no others.

“If I can’t use them, I won’t use any. I will be on sprinkle strike and won’t budge for no man.”

Studies have linked the controversial additive to both hyperactivity disorders and tumours in rats, and it has now been subject to rules limiting consumption in Europe and campaigns for the FDA to ban it in the US.

The popular bakery called Get Baked, based in Headingley, Leeds, can no longer sell its best selling, sprinkle-covered products which have been taken off the shelves.

The disgruntled baker has vowed never to use the British alternative to his beloved sprinkles, saying they don’t compare in taste or appearance.








One of Rich’s best-selling cakes – topped with the illegal sprinkles
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His rant went viral on social media
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Rich said: “The thing with sprinkles is British sprinkles are crap 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.

“We’ve had plenty of comments of people saying ‘these sprinkles are amazing’ but we’ve never had any negative comments before because at the end of the day they’re just sprinkles.

“Not many people get annoyed about sprinkles but someone obviously has because they’ve reported us to Trading Standards.

“The argument might be that they cause hyperactivity which if that is true then that’s a valid argument but it’s not when you take into consideration that cola is legal and so is everything else that’s full of sugar and sends kids hyperactive.

“I think it’s a bit of a weak argument to say you can’t have this type of E number but your child can have 15 cans of coke and be absolutely fine – it’s only a valid argument if they’re going to ban everything else as well.








Rich with his seven-month-old daughter
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Bruce cake inspired by the film Matilda
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“The argument that they cause cancer is total rubbish, not even remotely true.”

The bakery’s loyal customers have come out in defence of their favourite sprinkled products on Rich’s online posts about the ban.

Many have shared their fury at the outcome of the trading standards investigation – which has been dubbed ‘sprinkle-gate.’

However, a study made a link between rats ingesting a four per cent erythrosine (E127) diet over a period of 30 months and an ‘increased incidence’ of cancerous thyroid tumours.

Following the Trading Standards verdict, Rich has had to withdraw two of his best selling products – a sprinkle-covered birthday edition of a popular chocolate cake called Bruce and sprinkle and raspberry donut glazed cookie.

Rich said: “A man walked in the bakery and said ‘Hi, I’m from Trading Standards and you’re being investigated because someone’s reported you for use of illegal sprinkles’.

“I can’t believe that in the state the world and the UK are in, this man has a job to get in his car and use fuel to come to my shop and tell me that my sprinkles are illegal.

“I was allowed to continue selling them until they confirmed they were banned, which was a couple of days, so we sold as many as we could because I’ve got sh*t loads of them.

“Then they emailed to confirm that it’s illegal and that I had to withdraw them from sale straight away so I did and we don’t use them anymore.

“They said the colour in the red sprinkles is only allowed to be used in glacier cherries because obviously, that makes sense – the country is a joke.



“Some of the E-numbers are technically banned in the UK – I think I could get away with putting a thing out to say they’re not for human consumption but I’m not going to do that because it would piss off Trading Standards but I would quite like to do it.”

The disgruntled baker says he now fears for his business as he tries to find sprinkles suitable to top his delicious bakes.

Rich joked he wouldn’t be able to take his seven-month-old daughter to Disneyland next year, as he had hoped to, because of the impact of ‘sprinkle-gate.’

Rich said: “It only affects two products but it affects my soul more than anything and I’m terrified for my business with them being my two best sellers.

“If I can’t take my daughter to Disneyland next year then I’m finished and I can’t sell any f*cking cookies because of sprinkles, it’s terrible.

“Sprinkles are a very big part of my life – they’re a very heavily used item which people really like so not being able to use them is very annoying.”

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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