Carbon Black, Vegetable Carbon
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Whilst this black colouring can be obtained from various sources including activated charcoal, bones, meat, blood, various fats oils and resins or just the incomplete combustion of natural gas, it is normally derived from burnt vegetable matter. This could include Genetically Modified crops.

Vegetarians should note that it can be of animal origin.

Can be found in concentrated fruit juices, jams, jellies and liquorice.

Banned as a food additive in the United States of America. Suspected as a carcinogenic agent although it is now believed that this may have been due to the presence of impurities.

Not recommended for consumption by children.

Only the vegetable derived variety permitted in Australia.