colour occurs naturally in the cells of all plants and responsible for
photosynthesis. A fairly unstable dye, which tends to fade easily (see
E141). Not easy to obtain in a pure form and
commercially available chloroyphyll usually contains other plant material
usual sources are nettles, spinach and grass with the chloroyphyll being
extracted using acetone, ethanol, light petroleum, methylethylketone
and diachloromethane. Lutein, E161b, may be extracted
at the same time.
be used for dyeing waxes and oils, used in medicines and cosmetics eg
in chewing gum, fats and oils, ice cream, soaps, soups, sweets and,
obviously, green vegetables.
no maximum recommended daily intake and is not subject to any prohibitions.