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Haraam E-Numbers

Simply put, E- numbers are the code numbers used to identify food additives which are officially approved a safe to consume. While additives, liaison with European Union legislation is a must as most additives are acceptable in specific foods with certain quantitative limits. Additives must be assessed for safety before they can be used in food to ensure the science on additives is strictly reviewed, the law strictly enforced, and the action taken where problems are found. Whilst some additives with a common code such as E471, can be either of animal or plant origin and this latter type needs to be investigated on a case-by-case basis per product/ manufacturer. Most of the additives are however suitable. The E-numbers are categorized as follows:

E100-199 Food colorsE200-299 Preservatives
E300-399 Antioxidants, phosphates, and complexing agentsE400-499 Thickeners, gelling agents, phosphates, humectants, emulsifiers
E500-599 Salts and related compoundsE600-699 Flavour enhancers
E700-899 Not used for food additives (used for feed additives)E900-999 Surface coating agents, gases, sweeteners
E1000-1399 Miscellaneous additivesE1400-1499 Starch derivatives
CodeNameAlternative NameFunctionStatusSourceHealth InfoUsesOther Uses
CodeNameAlternative NameFunctionStatusSourceHealth InfoUsesOther Uses
E120Carminic AcidCarmine of Cochineal; C.I. 75470; Natural Red 4ColouringHaraamFrom insect CochinealRed, Asthma, anaphylaxis (possibly lifethreatening), hay fever, hives, aspirin sensitive people may wish to avoidSome alcoholic drinks, red apple sauce, pie fillings, meats, baked goods, yoghurtCosmetics, red eye make-up, shampoo, mascara