Water-soluble Food & Cosmetic Colourants
- Concentrated colourants for food and personal care products.
- Kosher and Halal certified.
- Approved for food and personal care product applications.
- All chemically pure colouring pigments and colourants are assigned a Colour Index number. This identifies the substance but does not indicate where and how they can be used.
- E numbers are codes for chemicals which can be used as food additives for use within the European Union and Switzerland. They are commonly found on food labels throughout the European Union. They are also suitable for use in cosmetic and other personal care products. As South Africa applies the European standard they are suitable for use in food and cosmetics/personal care products in South Africa. Foods that contain them should have the E-number included in the list of ingredients.
- In the United States, FD&C numbers (which indicate that the FDA has approved the colourant for use in foods, drugs and cosmetics) are given to approved synthetic food dyes that do not exist in nature. Not all of these colourants have an FD&C number and those without one should not be used in foods exported to the USA.
- These colourants are both Kosher and Halal certified.
|Product Description||Colour Index||E Number (Europe)||FD&C Name (USA)||Also called:|
|Yellow Lemon (Tartrazine)||19140||E102||FD&C Yellow 5||Food Yellow 4|
|Yellow Egg||15985 & 19140||E 102 & E110||FD&C Yellow 5 & FD&C Yellow 6||Food Yellow 4 & Food Yellow 3|
|Sunset Yellow||15985||E110||FD&C Yellow 6||Food Yellow 3|
|Ponceau 4R||16255||E124||Food Red 7|
|Carmoisine||14720||E122||Food Red 3|
|Brilliant Blue||42090||E133||FD&C BLUE 1||Food Blue 2|
|Green||42090 & 19140||E133 & E102||FD&C BLUE 1 & FD&C YELLOW 5||Food Blue 2 & Food Yellow 4|
|Brown HT||20285||E155||Food Brown 3|
|Black||14720 & 15985||E122 & E110||Food Red 3 & Food Yellow 3|
- Shampoos and shower gels
- Creams and Lotions
- Toothpastes and gels
- Transparent Toilet Soaps
- Opaque Toilet Soaps (Sunset Yellow, Tartrazine, Brilliant Blue, HT Brown, Black, Green)
Brief overview of applicable food colouring legislation in South Africa
(Where exceptions for the use of specific colourants in these foodstuffs apply, these are listed in legislation and anybody intending to colour these foodstuffs should familiarise themselves with more detailed legislation.)
- Cocoa and chocolate
- Coffee, including instant coffee
- Egg yolk, egg white, whole egg and egg powder
- Fish, meat and poultry and products prepared therefrom
- Flour and starch
- Foodstuffs which are not processed
- Foodstuffs for infants, young children and children as specified under the Act
- Fruit juices as defined by the Agricultural Products Standards Act , No. 119 of 1990
- Bottled natural water
- Tea, tea extracts and infusions, including instant tea mixes
- Tomato paste
- Unflavoured buttermilk
- Unflavoured cream and cream powder
- Unflavoured fermented milk
- Unflavoured milk, semi-skimmed and skimmed milk and pasteurized or sterilized, including UHT
- Sterilized, milk
The following foodstuffs may only contain certain permitted colourants i.e. not all food colourants can be used in these foodstuffs.
(Where the use of specific colourants in these foodstuffs are allowed, these are listed in legislation and anybody intending to colour these foodstuffs should familiarise themselves with more detailed legislation.)
- Butter, Cheese, Fats and Oils, Margarine, Meat (raw or unprocessed) and egg shell for decorative purposes, Nuts, Pistachio………, Tomato juice and guava juice, Whole meal, brown or malt bread…….., Foodstuffs consisting exclusively or in part of meat and/or edible offal (excluding boerewors, species-sausages, mixed species-sausages and raw or unprocessed meat).