E127

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E127 is a food additive approved by the European Union (EU). It is used as a synthetic colouring agent in food and drink products, as well as photography.

The common name for E127 is erythrosine.

E127 is a pink / red colouring that contains iodine and is highly soluble in water. It can also be used in dentistry, as a plaque disclosing agent, and in photography, as a printing ink.

E127 has been known to promote hyperactivity, although this is considered rare. Due to E127's iodine content, high concentrations of it may interfere with an individual's iodine metabolism. E127 may also possibly act as a mutagen in extremes of concentration and has been known to cause sensitivity to light.

Examples of food and drink products that sometimes include E127:

  • canned fruit
  • cherries
  • custard mixes
  • bakery products
  • strawberries
  • sweets

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