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Red 40

Also Known As : Allura Red, E129


Usage Tips

  1. Red 40 can be present in pickles, some salad dressings and various cheeses.
  2. It can also be used in drinks.
  3. It can be used in baked goods, candies, cereals, sauces and snacks.

Common names and forms

  1. Allura Red AC
  2. Artificial Color (Red 40)
  3. Color (129)
  4. Colour (INS 129)
  5. Colour: E129
  6. FD & C red #40
  7. Permitted Synthetic food colour E129
  8. Red No. 40
  9. Synthetic Food Colour E 129


It is a dark red colored dye that is used in sports drinks, candies, condiments and cereals. It is a chemical compound that comes from coal tar. Dyes made from coal tar are produced by mixing many fragrant smelling hydrocarbons like benzyne and toluene.


It may cause symptoms of hypersensitivity in some people, including swelling around the mouth, and it can also cause hives. (1)

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