E160a is a food additive approved by
the European Union (EU).
It is used as a natural colouring agent
in food and drink products.
The common names for E160a are:
E160a(i) - Mixed Carotenes
E160a(ii) - Beta-Carotenes
E160a is an orange/ yellow colouring that, once in
the body, is converted to Vitamin A.
E160a(i) is a synthetic
mix of carotenes derived from carrots
and is produced on
a large scale commercially. However, carotenes also occur naturally
in many orange and yellow fruits and vegetables. E160a is
not soluble in water and the intensity of the colour tends
to fade with exposure to
Frequent and prolonged close contact with E160a may result in discolouration
of the skin. The colouring may not be suitable for vegetarians as gelatine,
derived from cattle or fish, may be used as a stabiliser.
Examples of food/drink products that may include E160a:.
Cakes, desserts, carrots, green leaf vegetables, fruit juices and squashes,
butter and margarine.