#Sprinklegate: UK bakery banned from using sprinkles imported from US

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#Sprinklegate has exploded in the United Kingdom after a bakery owner in Northern England announced he was banned from using his signature sprinkles imported from the U.S.

Rich Myers, owner of Get Baked, stopped selling his raspberry glazed donut cookies after the sprinkles he used were found to have food coloring that is banned in the U.K.

West Yorkshire Trading Standards said the E127 food coloring is only approved for use in the U.K. in cocktail cherries and candied cherries. Various studies have linked the ingredient to hyperactivity and other effects on children's behavior.

In a Facebook post, Myers said it's unlikely he will find a suitable replacement for the U.S. sprinkles and has instead used icing sugar.

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"British sprinkles just aren’t the same... and I hate them. I am extremely passionate about sprinkles," Myers said in the post.

Myers' Facebook post garnered thousands of views and launched the hashtag #sprinklegate.

West Yorkshire Trading Standards told USA TODAY the imported sprinkle is not permitted per U.K. regulations.

"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 U.K.," Trading Standards said.

Since the news of #sprinklegate has spread, Myers said the bakery has been "bombarded" by the press. So much so, Myers delayed the bakery's opening to the late evening.

Myers said the sprinkles were a huge hit in the bakery and are a huge loss to their business. He said they'll need to make adjustments to the menu to compensate for the "truly horrendous ordeal."

"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 cookies," Myers said in his Facebook post.

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This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: UK bakery banned from using sprinkles imported from the US

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