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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
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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