Friday, December 9, 2011

FD&C Yellow #6

Another yellow food coloring that is bad for you.  Go figure.  Why is it in food or anything?  Do we really can what color soap or body wash is before we use it?  As long as it works what does it matter.

FD&C Yellow #6 – Sunset Yellow is Sudan 1 that has been sulfonated. Sudan 1 often remains as an impurity in Sunset Yellow. It is banned in Norway and Finland and the Food Standards Agency in Britain has called for a voluntary removal of Sunset Yellow from food and drink by 2009. It has been linked with a small percentage of skin irritations and asthmatic reactions. In addition, it may cause hyperactivity in children when combined with Sodium Benzoate. The Carcinogenic Potentcy Project at Berkeley has revealed no positive results for a cancer test summary. Basically this website is a summary of all of the studies done with regards to potential carcinogenic agents.

It is a synthetic coal tar and azo yellow dye useful in fermented foods which must be heat treated. It may be found in orange squash, orange jelly, marzipan, Swiss roll, Irn-Bru, apricot jam, citrus marmalade, lemon curd, sweets, hot chocolate mix and packet soups, trifle mix, breadcrumbs and cheese sauce mix and soft drinks. Specifically it can be found in the capsules of DayQuil (in high concentrations), some extra strength Tylenol, Astro peach yogurt (potentially others), fortune cookies, some red sauces, certain pound cakes, snack chips and other yellow, orange, and red food products.

Sunset Yellow is often used in conjunction with E123, Amaranth, in order to produce a brown coloring in both chocolates and caramel.

1 comment:

  1. That's so great that you're teaching your children to read the labels! I believe the children are our future, and our future is so full of chemicals and colors...the future children need to learn to look out for themselves and the rest of the future by reading about colors so they can avoid them!!!!!