E120 is the name given to the carmine used in the food industry. And, as we have already detailed in other articles, the carmine is a colorant that has a very powerful tone that is obtained naturally from the Cochineal.
With the E120 you get to give food a shade ranging from pink to purple, so it can be used in any product that requires these shades and, naturally, do not have an attractive color for the consumer.
Within the food industry, E120 is widely used in meat products. Whatever you can imagine, it carries E120. And in general, the products in this category come from animal sources and the characteristic color of these foods is pink/red. Sausages, hotdogs, sausages, pork products, chicken, etc, have this natural addition.
But not only meat products have E120, but also many jams, jams, syrups, gummies, industrial cakes, vegetable preserves, ice cream and dairy products such as strawberry yoghurts or red fruits, in beverages such as soft drinks, fruit and energy. Everything, absolutely everything, contains E120!
It is very important to point out that E120 has the FD&C classification 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 -Ingesta Diaria Admitida IDA-. This means that it is a natural colorant that is not harmful to human intake.
In addition, it is probably the dye with the best technological characteristics among the natural ones. That is why it is so popular and required for those foods to which you want to add a very nice red color.