OREGANO bought on the streets is laced with other herbs that could have devastating effects on a tomato-based sauce.
Food safety officer Emma Bradford said: “People think nothing of using oregano, particularly at weekends, but they are probably exposing themselves to trace amounts of coriander or even turmeric.
“Imagine what that could do to a pork and parmesan ravioli.”
Recreational user Julian Cook said: “I had a dinner party a few weeks ago and my wife and I decided to serve some oregano to a group of open-minded, consenting adults.
“You can imagine our terror when we started to get a basil rush halfway through the evening.
“Instead of a chilled out balsamic, woody tang, we were sweating out wave after wave of sweet peppery notes.
“Shit was fresh.”