E122 is a food additive approved by the European Union
It is used as a synthetic colouring agent in food and drink products,
as well as in cosmetics.
The common names for E122 are Azorubin and Carmoisine.
E122 is a red, synthetic coal tar food colouring that
is highly soluble in water. It tends to be used in fermented
foods that require treatment by heat.
E122 is thought by some to worsen asthma
and cause allergic reactions in individuals allergic to aspirin. When
with benzoates, E122 is also suspected of inducing
hyperactivity in children. Individuals with intolerance to salicylates
may also find
intolerant to E122, due to the colouring being an azo
dye. E122 is banned in the United Sates, Sweden, Norway,
Examples of food/drink products that may include E122:
Marzipan, sweets, jams, sauces and soups.