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What it is:
Food coloring: Used in oyster, soy, fruit and canned sauces, beer, whiskey, biscuits, pickles, cakes, doughnuts, flour products, chocolate products, fizzy drinks, beer, wine, sweets, crisps, bread, pates, ice cream, sauces, pickles, preserves, vegetable protein and similar meat substitutes.
What we know:
The types of caramel color available include plain (spirit) caramel (prepared by controlled heat treatment of carbohydrates with or without an acid or base), caustic sulphite caramel (produced by heat treatment of carbohydrates with sulphur containing compounds), ammonia caramel (heat treatment in the presence of ammonia) and sulphite ammonia caramel.

This color additive is exempt from FDA certification because it is considered a natural food coloring.

Other Names:
Caramel color; Sulphite ammonia caramel; Plain caramel; Burnt sugar; Natural brown 10; Fd&c 050 Caramel Color
Information Provided By:
J. Smith, L. Hong-Shum, Food additives data book (Blackwell Science, Oxford, 2003), pp. xvii, 1016
M. Ash, I. Ash, Handbook of food additives (Synapse Information Resources, Endicott, NY, ed. 2nd, 2002), pp. xiii, 1079