Last updated on 3 June 2010

Labelling of certain food colours as set out in Regulation 1333/2008: Guidance

Guidance covering the additional information required when labelling certain food colours as set out in Regulation 1333/2008.

Applies to all four UK nations


This information is for:

  • food and drink manufacturers and retailers using or selling food colours
  • food enforcement authorities

Legal status:

This informal guidance is intended to accompany Regulation 1333/2008.

When using the colours listed below in food and drink there is a requirement (subject to a limited number of exemptions) to include the additional information that 'name or E number of the colour(s)': may have an adverse effect on activity and attention in children.

  • Sunset yellow (E 110)
  • Quinoline yellow (E 104)
  • Carmoisine (E 122)
  • Allura red (E 129)
  • Tartrazine (E 102)
  • Ponceau 4R (E 124)

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