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.
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 to light).
recommended for consumption by children.
Hyperactive Childrens Support Group belive that a link exists between
this additive and hyperactive behavioural disorders in children.
is banned in Norway and the United States.