Black, odourless powder.

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The function(s) performed by the food additive when used in cooking.

  • Colour - Adds or restores the colour of a food

Data according to various sources such as fao, fda, codex. Spot a mistake? Tell us!

Country Status Matched Term
United States
Matching Terms Not Found
European Union
Approved Vegetable carbon
Australia and New Zealand
Approved Carbon blacks or Vegetable carbon
Philippines
Approved VEGETABLE CARBON ACTIVATED
Japan
Unknown None
Austria
Approved Vegetable carbon
Belgium
Approved Vegetable carbon
Bulgaria
Approved Vegetable carbon
Cyprus
Approved Vegetable carbon
Czech Republic
Approved Vegetable carbon
Denmark
Approved Vegetable carbon
Estonia
Approved Vegetable carbon
Finland
Approved Vegetable carbon
France
Approved Vegetable carbon
Germany
Approved Vegetable carbon
Greece
Approved Vegetable carbon
Hungary
Approved Vegetable carbon
Ireland
Approved Vegetable carbon
Italy
Approved Vegetable carbon
Latvia
Approved Vegetable carbon
Lithuania
Approved Vegetable carbon
Luxembourg
Approved Vegetable carbon
Malta
Approved Vegetable carbon
Netherlands
Approved Vegetable carbon
Poland
Approved Vegetable carbon
Portugal
Approved Vegetable carbon
Romania
Approved Vegetable carbon
Slovakia
Approved Vegetable carbon
Slovenia
Approved Vegetable carbon
Spain
Approved Vegetable carbon
Sweden
Approved Vegetable carbon
United Kingdom
Approved Vegetable carbon
Australia
Approved Carbon blacks or Vegetable carbon
New Zealand
Approved Carbon blacks or Vegetable carbon

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Aggravates food intolerances - yes

E153 - Vegetable carbon: Suspected carcinogen. Banned in US.

Additive Alert

Aggravates food intolerances - maybe

E153 - Vegetable carbon: If the description on product packaging says "Vegetable Carbons", then it is most likely free of animal derivatives. (but could be derived from GM crops!) But if the additive is described as "Carbon Black", it 's more likely to be derived from various parts of animals.

Vegetarian Network Victoria

Halal - maybe

E153 - Vegetable carbon: Color Obtained from Coal Tar.

Muslim Consumer Group

Carbon blacks
carbon black
Vegetable black

Collection of sources used to create this food additive summary.

Source
Food Standards Australia New Zealand
JECFA (Joint FAO/WHO Expert Committee on Food Additives)
UK Food Guide
UK Food Standards Agency
U.S. Food and Drug Administration
Wikipedia

Lists the U.S. CAS (Chemical Abstracts Service) registry number and EINECS (European INventory of Existing Commercial chemical Substances) numbers when known.

Supplier Country
KF Specialty Ingredients KF Specialty Ingredients
Australia
Hawkins Watts Hawkins Watts
Australia and New Zealand

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