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FD&C Red No.3

Alternate Names

Erythrosine, Bluish Pink

Description

A synthetic coal tar dye which produces a bluish pink color. Also see Food, Drug & Cosmetic Colors (FD&C). Was previously used extensively in the US until Red No. 40, Allura Red, was approved.

FD&C Red No.3 - Quick Stats
Names

Erythrosine, Bluish Pink

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

E127

Additional Information

In 1990 this dye was banned from cosmetics and external drugs use after studies indicated that it might contribute to breast cancer. There have been numerous animal studies conducted on this food dye with mixed results. Some point to Red No. 3 causing tumors and being a secondary carcinogen.



Found In

canned fruit, candy, ice cream, maraschino cherries, snack foods, pudding, gelatin desserts, sausage casing, popsicles, cake icing

Possible Health Effects

External use shown to contribute to breast cancer in studies. Other studies found it caused thyroid tumors and hyperactivity in children.

Allergy Information

May cause allergic reaction in sensitive individuals

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