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Food Colours


Permitted Synthetic Colours in Canada and Corresponding United States and European Names

Canada United States European
Allura Red FD & C Red # 40 129
Amaranth FD & C Red # 2 123
Erythrosine FD & C Red # 3 127
*Ponceau SX FD & C Red # 4 125
*Citrus Red No. 2 Citrus Red # 2 121
Tartrazine FD & C Yellow # 5 102
Sunset Yellow FCF FD & C Yellow # 6 110
Fast Green FCF FD & C Green # 3 143
Brilliant Blue FCF FD & C Blue # 1 133
Indigotine FD & C Blue # 2 132

*Restricted Use


Permitted Natural Colours in Canada and Corresponding European Names

Colours (Natural) European
Aluminum Metal 173
Alkanet 103
Annatto 160 (b)
Anthocyanins 163
Beet Red 162
Canthaxanthin 161 (g)
Carbon Black 153
Carotene 160 (a)
ß-apo-8'-Carotenal 160 (e)
Ethyl ß-apo-8'-Carotenoate 160 (f)
Caramel 150
Charcoal n/a
Chlorophyll 140
Cochineal 120
Gold 175
Iron Oxide 172
Orchil 121
Paprika n/a
Riboflavin 101
Saffron n/a
Saunderswood n/a
Silver Metal 174
Titanium Dioxide 171
Turmeric 100
Xanthophyll 161

See Table III to section B.16.100, FDR, for use in permitted foods and prescribed maximum level of use