E153 is a food additive approved by the European Union (EU). It is used as a natural colouring agent in food and drink products.
The common name for E153 is vegetable carbon.
E153 is produced from burning vegetable matter, but may also be produced from animal charcoal. E153 is not soluble in water, making it useful as a filtering aid or clarifying agent, but limiting its use in food and drink products.
E153 is banned in the United States. Only the variety originated from vegetables is permitted in Australia.
Examples of food and drink products that sometimes include E153:
- jam crystals
- jelly crystals