21 October 2021
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E129 – Allura Red

Number: E129

Name: Allura Red

Other names: Cl 16035, Red No. 17, FD&C Red 40

Function: Colour

Description: red colour

Origin: Synthetic azo dye


  • restricted use in confectionery and meat products

Daily intake: up to 7 mg/kg body weight

Side effects:

  • it appears to cause allergic or intolerant reactions, particularly amongst those with an aspirin intolerance and asthma sufferers
  • it is a histamine liberator and may intensify symptoms of asthma
  • in combination with benzoates, it is also implicated in hyperactivity in children
  • may well bring about anaemia and it is possibly mutagenic


  • can be consumed by all religious groups, vegans and vegetarians
  • allura Red is a very popular dye throughout the world, annual production in 1980 was greater than 2.3 million kilograms
  • very soluble in water