Uses: Vegetable Carbon can be found in concentrated fruit juices, jams, jellies and liquorice.
Not recommended for consumption by children.
Banned as a food additive in the United States of America. Suspected as a carcinogenic agent although it is now believed that this may have been due to the presence of impurities.
Only the vegetable derived variety permitted in Australia
Description: Vegetable Carbon, whilst being a black colouring, can be obtained from various sources including activated charcoal, bones, meat, blood, various fats, oils and resins or just the incomplete combustion of natural gas, it is normally derived from burnt vegetable matter.
A toxic additive with many side effects. Many of these dyes are discharged into the environment, like rivers and therefore can find their way into animals and ultimately humans
Vegetable Carbon could be processed from Genetically Modified crops. Vegetarians should note that it can be of animal origin.
E153 Vegetable Carbon