Image source, Get BakedImage caption, Rich Myers said he would have to stop selling his "best-selling" raspberry glazed donut cookies

A bakery has had to stop making one of its bestselling biscuits after being told it was topping the treats with illegal sprinkles.

Get Baked in Leeds paused production after Trading Standards said the product contained a banned additive.

Owner Rich Myers branded the decision "ridiculous" and said the alternative sprinkles on the market were "rubbish".

West Yorkshire Trading Standards confirmed it had taken action after discovering the additive was in use.

Mr Myers said: "I know it sounds like a small thing but it is a big deal for my business – we used them a lot.

"Our best-selling cookie, we're not going to be able to sell them anymore. For a small independent business that only has a small menu, it's a problem."

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Image source, Get BakedImage caption, The bakery uses the decorations on a number of products

A spokesperson for Trading Standards said the sprinkles contained the E127 food colouring, also know as Erythrosine, which is only approved for use in the UK and EU in cocktail cherries and candied cherries.

"[The inspector] said they'd had reports of us using illegal sprinkles and I actually laughed by mistake, then realised he was being serious," Mr Myers said.

He said he sourced the US-made cake toppers from a UK-based wholesaler, adding that other products on the market were not as good.

"British sprinkles are rubbish," he said.

"They run and aren't bake stable. The colours aren't vibrant and they just don't look very good."

A spokesperson for West Yorkshire Trading Standards said: "We can confirm that we have advised the business concerned 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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