HC Deb 11 June 1997 vol 295 c502W
Mr. Martyn Jones

To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will list those artificial colours permitted for use in food within the United Kingdom; if he will indicate those which are banned in(a) the USA and (b) Norway; and if he will make a statement. [2630]

Mr. Rooker

The following artificial colours are permitted for use in food within the United Kingdom:

EC number Name
E 102 Tartrazine
E 104 Quinoline Yellow
E 110 Sunset Yellow FCFOrange Yellow S
E 122 Azorubine, Carmoisine
E 123 Amaranth
E 124 Ponceau 4R, Cochineal Red A
E 127 Erythrosine
E128 Red 2G
E 129 Allura Red AC
E 131 Patent Blue V
E 132 Indigotine, Indigo carmine
E 133 Brilliant Blue FCF
E 142 Green S
E 151 Brilliant Black BN, Black PN
E 153 Vegetable carbon
E 154 Brown FK
E 155 Brown HT
E 170 Calcium carbonate
E 171 Titanium dioxide
E 172 Iron oxides and hydroxides
E 173 Aluminium
E 174 Silver
E 175 Gold
E 180 Litholrubine BK

All of these have been approved under harmonised rules which apply throughout the EU, following safety clearance by the European Commission's Scientific Committee for Food. The information requested about bans which may exist in the USA and Norway is not readily available. I will write to my hon. Friend.

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