The Sudan 1 Affair is instructive. Not because the food companies have reacted sensibly and not because the danger from Sudan 1 is particularly great. But who saw it coming? And what is coming next? There are all those other substances which are banned in food – which we know we should not eat. And then there are all those man-made chemicals whose effects, espcially in combination, we do not know. Yet. The only thing which seems fairly sure, is that there will be continuing ‘surprises’ as the consequences of living in this soup emerge.