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E124 - Ponceau 4r

Additives: E124 - Ponceau 4r

Functions: Colour - Color

Ponceau 4R -known by more than 100 synonyms, including as C.I. 16255, Cochineal Red A, C.I. Acid Red 18, Brilliant Scarlet 3R, Brilliant Scarlet 4R, New Coccine, is a synthetic colourant that may be used as a food colouring. It is denoted by E Number E124. Its chemical name is 1--4-sulpho-1-napthylazo-- 2-napthol- 6‚8-disulphonic acid, trisodium salt. Ponceau -17th century French for "poppy-coloured"- is the generic name for a family of azo dyes. Ponceau 4R is a strawberry red azo dye which can be used in a variety of food products, and is usually synthesized from aromatic hydrocarbons; it is stable to light, heat, and acid but fades in the presence of ascorbic acid.It is used in Europe, Asia and Australia, but has not been approved by the US FDA. - Wikipedia

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EFSA evaluation: Scientific Opinion on the re-evaluation of Ponceau 4R -E 124- as a food additive (2009-11-12)

Names: Ponceau 4R, Rouge cochenille A, cochenille nouvelle, CI No. 16255, CI Food Red 7, CAS 2611-28-7

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