FDA Regulations - Color Additives on
In the January 30, 2006, Federal Register, FDA
proposes to require that the coloring additives,
cochineal extract and carmine, be declared by
their names within the ingredient statement when
the colorings are present in food. The proposed
rule responds to reports of severe allergic
reactions to these colorings.
The proposed effective date for any final rule
that may be issued based on the proposal is two
years after its date of publication in the
Federal Register. Stakeholders may submit
comments by May 1, 2006.
Federal Register notice.
Commentary: Until a final rule is
published, cochineal extract and carmine can be
declared by their names within the ingredient
statement, or they can be covered by the words
"artificial colors." Presently, the only color
additives that must be listed by name are FD&C
certified colors such as Red #40 or Yellow #5.