Food color 122 is a food additive used as a colouring agent for food products. It is a synthetic red colorant belonging to the group of azo dyes. It is obtained from coal tar and mostly used in the confectionery industry. It is mostly used in fermented foods that require further treatment by heat.
Where is it used?
Food color 122 is added to products like sauces, jams, sweets, marzipan, swiss roll, jellies, flavoured yogurts, soup mixes, and breadcrumbs.
Food color 122 tends to cause allergic reactions in people especially in those allergic to aspirin, resulting in rashes and water retention and when it is consumed in combination with benzoates, it may induce hyperactivity in children. It may even worsen asthma condition.(1)
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