After revisiting a prior safety assessment, the European Food Safety Authority
(EFSA) has established an acceptable daily intake (ADI) of 4 mg/kg bw/day
for the food coloring known as Sunset Yellow. EFSA’s Panel on Food Additives
and Nutrient Sources Added to Food (ANS) recommended raising the
ADI—previously set at 1 mg/kg bw/day—in light of a 28-day study report, a
2011 evaluation conducted by the Joint FAO/WHO Expert Committee on Food
Additives and additional toxicological information made available since the
2009 assessment.

“Exposure estimates for Sunset Yellow FCF based both on the currently
authorized MPLs [Maximum Permitted Levels] and reported use levels are
well below the new ADI of 4 mg/kg bw/day for all population groups,” noted
the ANS Panel. “Overall, the Panel concluded that, using data provided by the
food industry and Member States, the reported uses and use levels of Sunset
Yellow FCF (E 110) would not be of safety concern.” See EFSA News Brief, July
14, 2014.

 

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