Additive coloring

Is food coloring made of insects? Chemists debunk a common fear

Imagine this: It’s 2012 and you’ve just paused “Gangnam Style” on your iPod to order your favorite Starbucks drink – strawberries and cream frappuccino. But as you begin to sip the rosy, frosty delight, you spot a news report big title over another customer’s shoulder – “Starbucks Strawberry Frappuccinos dyed with crushed cochineal.” These insects […]

Additive coloring

European Food Safety Panel Reclassifies Common Food Dyes as Unsafe

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has reclassified food coloring E171 (titanium dioxide) after a panel of experts concluded it “can no longer be considered safe as a food additive” . The announcement comes after years of research suggesting the additive could be dangerous. In 2016, EFSA reassessed the safety of E171 and controversially concluded […]