Annatto extracts, norbixin-based, E160b (ii), is a subclass of Annatto extracts (E160b ).

A natural food colouring derived from annatto which is from the seeds of the achiote tree; it is water soluble but not fat soluble.

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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

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

Country Status Matched Term
United States
Approved Annatto extract - GMP - 73.30
European Union
Approved Annatto; Bixin; Norbixin
Australia and New Zealand
Approved Annatto extracts
Philippines
Matching Terms Not Found
Japan
Unknown None
Austria
Approved Annatto; Bixin; Norbixin
Belgium
Approved Annatto; Bixin; Norbixin
Bulgaria
Approved Annatto; Bixin; Norbixin
Cyprus
Approved Annatto; Bixin; Norbixin
Czech Republic
Approved Annatto; Bixin; Norbixin
Denmark
Approved Annatto; Bixin; Norbixin
Estonia
Approved Annatto; Bixin; Norbixin
Finland
Approved Annatto; Bixin; Norbixin
France
Approved Annatto; Bixin; Norbixin
Germany
Approved Annatto; Bixin; Norbixin
Greece
Approved Annatto; Bixin; Norbixin
Hungary
Approved Annatto; Bixin; Norbixin
Ireland
Approved Annatto; Bixin; Norbixin
Italy
Approved Annatto; Bixin; Norbixin
Latvia
Approved Annatto; Bixin; Norbixin
Lithuania
Approved Annatto; Bixin; Norbixin
Luxembourg
Approved Annatto; Bixin; Norbixin
Malta
Approved Annatto; Bixin; Norbixin
Netherlands
Approved Annatto; Bixin; Norbixin
Poland
Approved Annatto; Bixin; Norbixin
Portugal
Approved Annatto; Bixin; Norbixin
Romania
Approved Annatto; Bixin; Norbixin
Slovakia
Approved Annatto; Bixin; Norbixin
Slovenia
Approved Annatto; Bixin; Norbixin
Spain
Approved Annatto; Bixin; Norbixin
Sweden
Approved Annatto; Bixin; Norbixin
United Kingdom
Approved Annatto; Bixin; Norbixin
Australia
Approved Annatto extracts
New Zealand
Approved Annatto extracts

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Aggravates food intolerances - yes

E160b - Annatto extracts: From the Food Intolerance Network fact-sheet titled 'How to start failsafe eating: a step by step guide'.

Food Intolerance Network

Aggravates food intolerances - yes

E160b - Annatto extracts: Hypersensitivity, allergic reactions, skin irritations, linked to behaviour and learning problems. Concerns about toxicity still being evaluated by JECFA yet is still freely used.

Additive Alert

Biotechnology used in production - yes

E160b - Annatto extracts: Annatto is extracted from the annatto shrub. It also may be won chemically from lycopene, a carotinoid food colouring that may be obtained from tomatoes or rosehips. It is now possible to produce annatto with the aid of genetically modified organisms. Exact information on the commercial applications of this process are not available.

UK Food Guide

Derived from plant products - yes

E160b - Annatto extracts: Annatto, sometimes called roucou or achiote, is a derivative of the achiote trees of tropical regions of the Americas, used to produce a yellow to orange food coloring and also as a flavoring. Its scent is described as "slightly peppery with a hint of nutmeg" and flavor as "slightly nutty, sweet and peppery".

Wikipedia

Halal - no

E160b - Annatto extracts: Color - Annatto is a Halal color and it is used with water in liquid products.

Muslim Consumer Group

Derived from plant products - maybe

E160b - Annatto extracts: Linked to hyperactivity.

Traditional Oven - Dangerous Food Additives

Causes allergic reaction - yes

E160b - Annatto extracts: May cause asthmatic and allergic reactions.

Traditional Oven - Dangerous Food Additives

Norbixin
Annatto G
Bixa orellana seed extract (alkali-processed norbixin, not acid precipitated)
c.i. 75120
Natural orange 4

Collection of sources used to create this food additive summary.

Source
Codex Alimentarius
Food Standards Australia New Zealand
UK Food Guide
UK Food Standards Agency
U.S. Food and Drug Administration

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

  • CAS Number: 542-40-5
  • EINECS Number: 208-810-8

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