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Erythrosine (Tetraiodofluorescein) is a cherry-pink coal-based fluorone food dye. Its maximum absorbance is at 530 nm in an aqueous solution, and it is subject to photodegradation.
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It is listed under the following number systems:
It is used as a food dye, in printing inks, as a biological stain, a dental plaque disclosing agent and a radiopaque medium. Although Red #3 has been highly implicated as a carcinogen, it is commonly used in sweets and foods marketed to children such as candies, popsicles, cake frosting, and cake-decorating gel. It is also used in strawberry Slim-Fast and its generic counterpart. McCormick uses it as well in their "Salad Toppins." Because of the well-known hazards of Red #3, Red #40 is much more commonly used by most food manufacturers.
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