Color Additives Extracts From Insects To Be Listed on Food/Cosmetic Labels

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In the January 5, 2009 issue of the Federal Register, the FDA published a new rule revising its requirements for cochineal extract and carmine used as color additives in food and cosmetic products. The new rule will make it mandatory to declare by name on the label of all food and cosmetic products that contain these color additives.

Carmine and cochineal extract are made from dried cochineal insects. The extracts are used in many reddish-colored foods and beverages, including fruit drinks, ice creams, yogurts, and candies.

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The FDA revised their stand citing the reports of severe allergic reactions, including anaphylaxis, to cochineal extract-containing food and carmine containing food and cosmetics.

With improved labeling, consumers who are allergic to these color additives will be able to identify and thus avoid products that contain these color additives.

The regulation becomes effective 24 months after the date of publication (January 5, 2011). Companies are encouraged to begin voluntary compliance, including making any required labeling changes, immediately.

Source Federal Register, Jan. 5, 2009

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