Colours from Around the World

Sensient Colours frequently participates at different industry events and we speak around food regulations in different parts of the world. Invariably there are often questions arising with someone wanting to know more about a particular food colour mentioned. They want to know the shade and pH range along with whether the colour is permitted in the United States, the European Union, or other regions across the globe. After numerous inquiries, we have developed the following ‘Colours from Around the World’ guide, which is sorted by colour shade. While this is not an exhaustive list, given that sources of natural colour are continuously expanding, it does provide a nice snapshot of all the major food colourants used today.

 

chart-colors-left
chart-colors-right

 

DOWNLOAD THIS CHART AS A PDF

 

Colourant INS# pH Pantone*
FD&C Red #40 (Allura Red) 129 2-8 1797
Amaranth* 123 2-8 7433
Black Carrot 163 3 1945
Carmine 120 3 7425
Carmoisine* 122 2-8 200
Cochineal Extract / Carminic Acid 120 7 225
Beet 162 4-7 674
Elderberry Juice 163 5 237
FD&C Red #3 (Erythrosine) 127 3-8 1915
Grape Juice 163 3 674
Grape Skin Extract 163II 3 674
Hibiscus 163 2-4 7418
Lycopene (from tomato) 160dII 3-7 1795
Lycopene (synthetic)* 160dI 3-7 1795
Monascus Colour* –– 5-8 7433
Ponceau 4R 124 2-8 199
Purple Sweet Potato 163 3 212
Red Cabbage 163 3 1935
Red Iron Oxide* 172II 2-8 7621
Red Radish 163 3 214
Red Rice* –– 2-4 7419