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FD&C Red No.2

Alternate Names

Amaranth

Description

A dark, reddish brown synthetic azo dye. Also see Food, Drug & Cosmetic Colors (FD&C).

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Names

Amaranth

Allergy Information

FD&C Colors

FD&C Blue No.2

FD&C Yellow No.6

FD&C Red No.40

FD&C Yellow No.5

Uses

Coloring

E-Number

E123

Additional Information

Used primarily in the European Union. This colorant was banned by the FDA in 1976 due to evidence of malignant tumors in animal studies.



Found In

wine liquors and spirits

Possible Health Effects

Some studies indicate that Amaranth causes tumors and is a possible carcinogen. May also cause an allergic reaction in some people.

Allergy Information

May cause allergic reaction in sensitive individuals

In The News

July 26, 2010: The European Food Safety Authority maintains its position on Amaranth stating that based on all the evidence, it is not carcinogenic in animal studies. They issued maximum permitted levels of use in both adults and children.

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