A dark, reddish brown synthetic azo dye. Also see Food, Drug & Cosmetic Colors (FD&C).
Used primarily in the European Union. This colorant was banned by the FDA in 1976 due to evidence of malignant tumors in animal studies.
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.
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.
Copyright August 9, 2010 Be Food Smart
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