FDA Approved Spirulina as Colorant

The United States Food and Drug Administration has approved the use of spirulina as a colorant for a wider range of applications.

Initially approved for use in candy and chewing gum, the use of spirulina as a colorant has now been extended to… frostings, ice cream, frozen desserts, dessert coatings and toppings, beverage mixes and powders, yogurts, custards, puddings, cottage cheese, gelatin, breadcrumbs and ready to eat cereals (excluding extruded cereals).

“It is definitely very exciting to have this pigment option available to create new shades of color. The ability to deliver green shades in particular, which has been cause of much frustration in the past, is now very achievable,” says Byron Madkins, director of business development, Americas for the Natural Color Division of Chr. Hansen, Inc.

“By formulating Spirulina with encapsulated turmeric or beta-carotene, for example, we can deliver stable, beautiful green shades for the approved applications in addition to blue shades. With the approval of spirulina as a natural (exempt from certification) blue color, the conversion from synthetic to naturally derived colors is even more within reach.”

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