A synthetic yellow azo dye found in fruit squash, fruit cordial,
coloured fizzy drinks, instant puddings, cake mixes, custard
powder, soups, sauces, ice cream, ice lollies, sweets, chewing
gum, marzipan, jam, jelly, marmalade, mustard, yoghurt and
many convenience foods together with glycerine, lemon and
honey products. It can also be found in the shells of medicinal
capsules. It can also be used with Brilliant Blue FCF, (E133)
to produce various green shades e.g. for tinned processed
Tartrazine appears to cause the most allergic and/or intolerance
reactions of all the azo dyes, particularly amongst those
with an aspirin intolerance and asthmatics. Other reactions
can include migraine, blurred vision, itching, rhinitis and
purple skin patches, (because of this more use is now being
made of Annatto (E160b). In conjunction
with Benzoic acid (E210) tartrazine
appears to create an over-activity in children.
Not recommended for consumption by children.
The Hyperactive Childrens Support Group belive that a link
exists between this additive and hyperactive behavioural disorders
Whilst being a very commonly used colour in the UK its use is
banned in Norway and Austria.
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