The Colours in Food Regulations 1995

Regulation 3(3) and (4)

SCHEDULE 4COLOURS PERMITTED FOR USE IN CERTAIN FOODS ONLY

Column 1Column 2Column 3
Permitted colourFoodMaximum level
E 123 AmaranthAmericano100 mg/1 (but see the entry for Americano in Schedule 3)
Aperitif wines, spirit drinks including products with less than 15% alcohol by volume Bitter soda, bitter vino as mentioned in Regulation (EEC) No. 1601/9130 mg/l 100 mg/l (but see the entry for Bitter soda, bitter vino in Schedule 3)
Fish roe30 mg/kg
E 127 Erythrosine

Cocktail cherries and candied cherries

Bigarreaux cherries in syrup and in cocktails

200 mg/kg

150 mg/kg

E 128 Red 2G

Breakfast sausages with a minimum cereal content of 6%

Burger meat with a minimum vegetable and/or cereal content of 4%

} 20 mg/kg
E 154 Brown FKKippers20 mg/kg
E 161g CanthaxanthinSaucisses de Strasbourg15 mg/kg
E 173 AluminiumExternal coating of sugar confectionery for the decoration of cakes and pastriesquantum satis
E 174 Silver

External coating of confectionery

Decoration of chocolates

Liqueurs

quantum satis

quantum satis

quantum satis

E 175 Gold

External coating of confectionery

Decoration of chocolates

Liqueurs

quantum satis

quantum satis

quantum satis

E 180 Litholrubine BKEdible cheese rindquantum satis
E 160b Annatto, Bixin, Norbixin

Margarine, minarine, other fat emulsions, and fats essentially free from water

Decorations and coatings

Fine bakery wares

Edible ices

Liqueurs, including fortified beverages with less than 15% alcohol by volume

Flavoured processed cheese

Ripened Orange, Yellow and broken-white cheese, Unflavoured processed cheese

Desserts

“Snacks”: dry, savoury potato, cereal or starch-based snack products:

  • Extruded or expanded savoury snack products

  • Other savoury snack products and savoury coated nuts

Smoked fish

Edible cheese rind and edible casings

Red Leicester cheese

Mimolette cheese

Extruded, puffed and/or fruit-flavoured breakfast cereals

10 mg/kg

20 mg/kg

10 mg/kg

20 mg/kg

10 mg/l

15 mg/kg

15 mg/kg

10 mg/kg

20 mg/kg

10 mg/kg

10 mg/kg

20 mg/kg

50 mg/kg

35 mg/kg

25 mg/kg