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Artificial Colors

Artificial color is any dye, pigment or substance that imparts color when it’s added to food or beverage. Artificial colors come in many forms consisting of liquids, powders, and pastes. Food coloring is used by consumers in-home and with industrial food… Read More

Artificial Flavors

Flavoring used in food or beverage that is manufactured using synthetic “flavoring raw material chemicals” made in a lab — that do not come from a natural source.


The FDA has approved astaxanthin as a food coloring (or color additive) for specific uses in animal and fish foods — it provides the red color of salmon meat.

Azo Dyes

Azo compounds are used as dyes or pigments in some food and beverage products for their vivid color properties, especially: reds, oranges, and yellows. Click here to see a list of azo dyes.


Canthaxanthin is a carotenoid pigment widely distributed in nature. An additive (pink, orange or red) derived from mushrooms, crustaceans, fish and eggs. Primarily used in animal feed to enhance coloring (such as in salmon or trout).

Caramel Color (Classes II-IV)

Caramel color is a food coloring which is made by heating or burning sugar (or other carbohydrates) and mixing it with an acid or alkali (ammonium, sulfites). This food coloring is the most widely used food coloring and is… Read More


Carmine is a pigment of a bright-red color obtained from the aluminium salt of carminic acid. It is also a general term for a particularly deep-red color. The pigment is produced from some scale insects such as the… Read More


Also known as “Carmine” – click here to learn more about cochineal.

FD&C Colors

FD&C Colors (Food, Drug and Cosmetic Colors) are any substance that when added to a food, drug or cosmetic imparts color — whether alone or through reactions with other substances. Note: The term “lakes” is used when FD&C colors are… Read More