Tuesday, January 06, 2009

FDA Requires Specific Label Declaration of Cochineal Extract and Carmine

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a final rule that requires food labels to specifically declare the presence of the color additives cochineal extract and carmine in the ingredient statement by their respective common or usual name, “cochineal extract” or “carmine.” Carmine must also be declared when contained in cosmetics.

The FDA is revising its requirements for cochineal extract and carmine in response to reports of severe allergic reactions, including anaphylaxis, to cochineal extract-containing food and carmine containing food and cosmetics. This action also responds to a citizen petition submitted by the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI).

The final rule is effective on January 5, 2011, but FDA states that it “will not object to voluntary compliance immediately.”

Hat tip to Ricardo Carvajal.

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