E161g is a food additive approved by the European Union
It is used as a natural colouring agent in food and drink products.
The common name for E161g is the Canthaxanthin.
E161g is a yellow/orange colouring that occurs naturally
in various plants and birds. When prepared on a commercial scale, the
from mushrooms and flamingo feathers. E161g is a xanthophyll (oxygenated
derivative of carotenes). As well as in food, the colouring
is used in self-tanning products.
Some studies have indicated that frequent and prolonged close contact
with E161g may
cause spots on the retina of the eye due to the formation of crystals.
This colouring is also suspected of causing damage to the liver
with prolonged ingestion.
Examples of food/drink products that may include E161g:
Mushrooms, fish, sweets, bread and sausages.