25 October 2021
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E110 – Sunset yellow

Number: E107

Name: Sunset Yellow

Other names: Food Yellow 3, Cl 15985

Function: Colour

Description: yellow colour

Origin: Synthetic azo dye


  • in food (for example it is used in candy, desserts, snacks, sauces, and preserved fruits)
  • cosmetics
  • drugs
  • it is often used in conjunction with E123 (amaranth), to produce a brown colouring in both chocolates and caramel

Daily intake: up to 2,5 mg/kg body weight

Side effects:

  • it appears to cause allergic or intolerant reactions, particularly amongst those with an aspirin intolerance and asthma sufferers
  • in combination with benzoates, it is also implicated in hyperactivity in children.


  • can be consumed by all religious groups, vegans and vegetarians
  • it is one of the colours that the Hyperactive Children’s Support Group recommends be eliminated from the diet of children
  • E110 is banned or restricted as a food additive in Norway, Finland and Sweden