Luteins (E161b) can be derived from a number or sources. E161b (i) - Lutein from Tagetes erecta; E161b (ii) - Tagetes extract.

Lutein from Latin luteus meaning "yellow", is a xanthophyll and one of 600 known naturally occurring carotenoids.

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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
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European Union
Approved Lutein
Australia and New Zealand
Approved Lutein
Philippines
Not Permitted
Japan
Unknown None
Cyprus
Approved Lutein
Austria
Approved Lutein
Belgium
Approved Lutein
Bulgaria
Approved Lutein
Czech Republic
Approved Lutein
Denmark
Approved Lutein
Estonia
Approved Lutein
Finland
Approved Lutein
France
Approved Lutein
Germany
Approved Lutein
Greece
Approved Lutein
Hungary
Approved Lutein
Ireland
Approved Lutein
Italy
Approved Lutein
Latvia
Approved Lutein
Lithuania
Approved Lutein
Luxembourg
Approved Lutein
Malta
Approved Lutein
Netherlands
Approved Lutein
Poland
Approved Lutein
Portugal
Approved Lutein
Romania
Approved Lutein
Slovakia
Approved Lutein
Slovenia
Approved Lutein
Spain
Approved Lutein
Sweden
Approved Lutein
United Kingdom
Approved Lutein
Australia
Approved Lutein
New Zealand
Approved Lutein

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Halal - maybe

E161b - Luteins: Color Lutein is xanthophyll carotene. It is present in plant as fatty acid ester. It is extrcted from marigold petals. Its Halal status depend upon the Halal status of extracting chemicals, if it is extracted by alcohol then it is not Halal.

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Synthetic substance - yes

E161b - Luteins: Lutein is synthesized only by plants and like other xanthophylls is found in high quantities in green leafy vegetables such as spinach and kale. In green plants, xanthophylls act to modulate light energy and serve as non-photochemical quenching agents to deal with triplet chlorophyll (an excited form of chlorophyll), which is overproduced at very high light levels, during photosynthesis. See xanthophyll cycle for this topic.

Wikipedia

Beta,(E)-carotene-3,3'-diol
Lutein
Lutein from Tagetes erecta
Vegetable llutein
Vegetable luteol
xanthophyll
All-trans-(+)-xanthophyll

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
Wikipedia

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

  • CAS Number: 127-40-2
  • EINECS Number: 204-840-0
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