FD&C Blue No.2
Indigotin, Indogotine, Indigo Carmine, Coal Tar Dye
Also see Food, Drug & Cosmetic Colors (FD&C). Originally this indigo/royal blue dye was extracted from plants but is now synthetically produced from coal tar. It is the same type of dye that is used to make jeans blue.
Banned in Norway.
soft drinks, candy, cereal, baked goods, frozen desserts, snack foods, confections, gelatin products
Possible Health Effects
Hives, asthma, skin rash, and tumors have all been reported.
May cause allergic reaction in sensitive individuals
- Feingold Association of the United States, Adverse Effects of "Inactive" Ingredients, Date Unknown, Feingold Association
- European Food Safety Authority, Statement on Food Additives and Developmental Neurotoxicity, January 2005, European Food Safety Authority, Committee on Toxicity
- Center for Science in the Public Interest, Food Dyes: Rainbow of Risks, June 2010, Center for Science in the Public Interest
- Winter, Ruth. A Consumer's Dictionary of Food Additives, 7th Edition: Descriptions in Plain English of More Than 12,000 Ingredients Both Harmful and Desirable Found in Foods. Three Rivers Press, 2009
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- Farlow, Christine Hoza, D.C.Food Additives: A Shopper's Guide To What's Safe & What's Not. KISS For Health Publishing, 2007 Revised Edition
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