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FD&C Red No.40

Alternate Names

Allura Red AC, FD&C Red. No. 40 - Calcium Lake, FD&C Red. No. 40 - Aluminum Lake

Description

An azo dye produced from petroleum to create shades of red. Also see Food, Drug & Cosmetic Colors (FD&C).

FD&C Red No.40 - Quick Stats
Names

Allura Red AC, FD&C Red. No. 40 - Calcium Lake, FD&C Red. No. 40 - Aluminum Lake

Allergy Information

FD&C Colors

FD&C Blue No.2

FD&C Yellow No.6

FD&C Yellow No.5

FD&C Green No.3

Uses

Coloring

E-Number

E129

Additional Information

One of the newest colors to be permanently listed by the FDA. It is extremely prevalent in foods and is one of the most commonly used of all the food dyes. Due to several studies on children and hyperactivity, the European Union requires food containing this colorant to have a label which states: "may have an adverse effect on activity in children" (see In the News section below). This can be problematic for parents since this food dye is found in thousands of products marketed specifically to children. Red No. 40 is banned in Denmark, Belgium, France, Sweden and Switzerland. The safety of this colorant is highly controversial.



Found In

soft drinks, candy, children's medications, cereal, beverages, snacks, gelatin desserts, baked goods, ice cream

Possible Health Effects

Known to cause hyperactivity in children. Some animal studies indicate that chemicals used in the preparation of this colorant are carcinogenic and may cause cancer. Developmental, reproductive and general organ toxicity have also been noted in animal studies. Caution advised to those with aspirin sensitivities as reactions can occur.

Allergy Information

May cause allergic reaction in sensitive individuals

In The News

In December 2008, the European Union took action to require special labeling on foods containing any of 6 different artificial food colorings. The warning label states that the food "may have an adverse effect on activity and attention in children" and the mandate went into effect on July 20, 2010.

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Copyright August 8, 2010 Be Food Smart, Updated March 8, 2011




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