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E155: Brown HT
Food Brown 3, CI 20285
Synthetic azo dye. See here for a background on azo dyes.
Function & characteristics:
Brown food colour. Very soluble in water.
Restricted use in confectionery and bakery products.
Up to 1.5 mg/kg body weight.
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.
None; E155 can be consumed by all religious groups, vegans and vegetarians.