A cherry-pink/red synthetic coal tar dye found in cocktail,
glacé and tinned cherries, canned fruit, custard mix,
sweets, bakery, snack foods, biscuits, chocolate, dressed crab,
garlic sausage, luncheon meat, salmon spread, paté, scotch
eggs, stuffed olives and packet trifle mix. It is also used
to reveal plaque in dental disclosing tablets.
Because food processing at temperatures above 200°c partly
degrades Erythrosine, releasing iodide, there are fears that
it could affect thyroid activity, can increase thyroid hormone
levels and lead to hyperthyroidism, was shown to cause thyroid
cancer in rats in a study in 1990. It is toxic to some strains
of yeast cells and is also implicated in phototoxicity (a sensitivity
Not recommended for consumption by children.
The Hyperactive Childrens Support Group belive that a link
exists between this additive and hyperactive behavioural disorders
It is banned in Norway and the United States.
foods, suppliers of serrano ham and spanish foods