Origin:
Mixture of synthetic azo dyes.
Function & characteristics: 
Brown food colour. Very soluble in water.
Products:
Restricted use in some fish products.
Daily intake:
None determined.
Side effects:
Since it is an azo dye, it may elicit intolerance in people intolerant to salicylates. Additionally, it is a histamine liberator, and may intensify symptoms of asthma. In combination with benzoates, it is also implicated in hyperactivity in children. Some of the compounds in the mixture may be mutagenic; hence the use is restricted to a few products.
Dietary restrictions:
None; E154 can be consumed by all religious groups, vegans and vegetarians.


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