Improving food safety in Bangladesh

What are Artificial Colors?


Artificial food colors are manufactured chemically and are the most commonly used dyes in the food, pharmaceutical and cosmetic industries. Their use is approved by legislation under certain quantities (Maximum Limit). However, in the recent years some artificial colors have been banned for use in food such as:

  • Indigo carmine: It causes brain tumours
  • Citrus Red: It causes bladder tumors
  • Fast green: It causes bladder tumors
  • Allura Red: It causes hyperactivity and lymphomas
  • Erythrosin: It causes thyroid tumors, chromosomal damage and neurochemical and behavioural effects
  • Sudan I, II and III: It has a potential carcinogenic effect