A U.S. government advisory panel on March 31 voted 8 to 6 that food containing synthetic food colorings do not need to carry special warning labels, stating that there is no proof that the colorings cause hyperactivity in most children. The European Union, however, does require warning labels on food containing synthetic colorings. This comes at a time when many consumers concerned about what is in the food that they eat are demanding that food manufacturers produce products that contain naturally derived ingredients, including coloring.
At the 2011 IFT Annual Meeting & Food Expo, June 11 – 14, New Orleans, La., many of the exhibitors that manufacture and supply food colorings with showcase their naturally derived offerings in a variety of prototypes and have experts on hand to discuss their formulation challenges. Some of these ingredients include clear and cloudy emulsions based on beta-carotene, apo-carotenal and paprika as part of Colors of Flavor© line from Wild Flavors; Sensient’s Fusion Precise Natural Colors©, most of which are said to be light and heat stable; fruit-derived colorings as part of the Exberry© line and fruit- and vegetable- derived colorings as party of NutriFood© line from GNT USA, Inc.; the FISclearTM line of micro-emulsion colorings, extracts and oils derived from paprika, beta-carotene, carotenal, lycopene, carrot oil, palm carotene and canthaxanthin from Food Ingredient Solution; and others.
As with any food ingredient, the safety of food colorings is of concern among regulators, manufacturers and consumers. Experts presenting at scientific session 140, “Food Colors: Various Aspects Affecting Their Quality and Risk for Adulteration,” (Monday, June 13, 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.), will discuss current U.S. and E.U. regulations of both naturally derived and synthetic colorings and give specific information about the aspects of production and distribution of naturally derived colorings and increase the risks of adulteration.
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