Cochineal carmine is a natural dye, obtained from the cochineal. This dye allows to reach tonalities that go from intense reds to violet or purple. Thanks to its easy application it is considered one of the most popular dyes in the industry.
E120 carmine has multiple applications in the food industry such as meat products, seasonings, sweets and bakery products. It also has applications in the pharmaceutical and cosmetic industry.
In countries such as Germany where the name E120 carmine is used, this dye is widely used in the meat industry for all kinds of sausages, chorizo, salami, chistorras, sausages, among others.
The denomination Carmine E120 given by the European Union is based on the need to identify the food additives with codes for the correct identification in the labelling. Other countries, such as Australia, also adopt this nomenclature while in other regions the code SIN or INS (International Numbering System) is used.
It is very important to point out that this additive has the classification FD&C of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) of the United States and is included in the list of additives of the European Economic Community (current European Union) under the parameters of permitted toxicity -Admited Daily Intake ADI-. This means that it is a natural colorant that is not harmful for human consumption.
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