Carmine vs. Red 40 in Food Applications

colorantes para alimentos cárnicos

Natural Carmine is increasingly being applied as a food coloring compared to Red 40.

The Red 40, also known as Allura Red or E-129, is the number one colorant applied by the meat industry. This synthetic water-soluble reddish powder is made from petroleum, and while the FDA (United States) has approved this coloring to be applied in cosmetics, drugs, and food, this product has been banned in several countries given its potential negative side effects.

A few years in the past synthetic or artificial colorings were very popular, since they could be used to formulate a wide range of products with appealing colors at low cost. Nowadays, however, given current health issues occurring in some countries and global trends towards natural and organic alternatives, these products have been replaced by natural colorings.

As a result, industries are increasingly switching to natural alternatives, such as cochineal-based carmine, which can be used in drinks, syrups, candies, ice creams, sweets, cookies, sauces, sausages, dairy products, among others.

At Imbarex, we offer our clients different varieties of top-quality natural colorings, such as carmine laca, water-soluble carmine, liquid carmine, and carminic acid. We offer specific solutions our clients’ products, depending on pH and solubility, or any other requirements they might need. For further information, please contact us here.

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