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E124 is a food additive approved by the European Union (EU). It is used as a synthetic colouring agent in food and drink products.
The commons names for E124 are ponceau 4R and cochineal red A.
E124 is a synthetic coal tar and azo dye that turns food products bright red. It is highly soluble in water.
E124 is believed by some to worsen asthma, cause allergic reactions (especially in those allergic to aspirin), and possibly also act as a carcinogen in animals.
E124 is banned in the US and Norway.
Examples of food and drink products that sometimes include E124:
- tinned fruits
- dessert mixes
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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