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E102 is a food additive approved by the European Union (EU). It is used as a synthetic colouring agent in food products.
The common name for E102 is Tartrazine.
E102 gives a yellow colour to food products and is very soluble in water. The colouring is derived from coal tar.
The colouring E102 has been thought to worsen some symptoms of asthma and bring about allergic reactions in many people, such as migraines and skin irritation. E102 has also been known to cause hyperactivity and is banned in Norway and Austria.
Examples of food and drink products that sometimes include E102:
- soft drinks
- canned fish
Note(1) that the list of Food Additives (E Numbers) included in this section and listed on the left is subject to change as chemicals are added or removed by the EU Regulatory Authorities. IvyRose cannot guarantee that this list is complete.
Note(2) These numbers are also used in Australia and New Zealand but without the E.
Government approvals and other regulatory details are subject to change.
This entry was added in good faith in July 2008.
For current details check with relevant authorities.
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