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Uses: The water soluble form is used in alcoholic drinks with calcium carmine, the insoluble form, being used in a wider variety of products. Together with ammonium carmine they can be found in alcoholic drinks, bakery products and toppings, biscuits, desserts, drinks, icings, pie fillings, some varieties of cheddar cheese, sauces and sweets.

May cause allergic reactions

Not recommended for consumption by children.

Banned in USA

Description: A natural red colour obtained by crushing of the female Dactilopius coccus, a cactus-dwelling insect indigenous to Central America. The Cochineal dye is expensive due to the sheer quantity of shells required to produce a small amount so is rarely used. Also called Carminic Acid or Carmines.

The HASCG* recommends to avoid it, especially hyperactives, rhinitis sufferers, urticaria, asthmatics and aspirin sensitivities.

* Hyperactive Children Support Group (HACSG) (Canada)

E120 Cochineal/Carmines                                    

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