Expertise in Pharma :

ROHA's Technical Service Centers provide expertise in the application of color in the following types of pharmaceuticals :

Tablets : Film Coated | Sugar Coated | Directly Compressed
Soft & Hard Gel Capsules | Dry Syrups | Pellets | Injectable | Gels | Liquid Orals | Mouthwash | Others

Choosing the right product for your application : In the Pharma industry, colors are used not just to enhance appeal but also as a means of identity and familiarity. Hence they are extremely important with an emphasis on consistency. To help you eliminate all trial and error, Roha has prepared a series of questions, the analysis of which will reveal which specific color should be used for which application.

Colors for Pharmaceuticals :

Tartrazine

E-Number : E102

C. I. No. : 19140

Alternative Names : FD&C Yellow No. 5, C.I. Acid Yellow 23, C.I. Food Yellow 4

Tartrazine is a lemon yellow dye primarily used as a food color. It gives an appearance of yellow to orange shade in the applications.It is soluble in water.

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  • Powder
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  • SOL
  • Plating Grade

Permitted as Food,Drug and Cosmetic color as per USFDA regulation CFR Title 21 part 74

Permitted as Food,Drug and Cosmetic coloras per European Commission Regulation (EC)*
*Derived from Part B, List of All Additives, from Annex II to Regulation (EC) No 1333/2008 on food additives and List of Colorants Allowed In Cosmetic Products from Annex IV to Regulation (EC) No 1223/2009

Permitted Food color as per BIS 1694:1994 (Reaffirmed 2003)

Sunset Yellow

E-Number : E110

C. I. No. : 15985

Alternative Names : FD&C Yellow No. 6, C.I. Food Yellow 3

Sunset Yellow FCF is a yellow dye. It gives an appearance of orange to reddish orange shade in the applications. For Beverage industry Roha has a calcium stable version of Sunset Yellow.

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Permitted as Food,Drug and Cosmetic color as per USFDA regulation CFR Title 21 part 74

Permitted as Food,Drug and Cosmetic color as per European Commission Regulation (EC)*
* Derived from Part B, List of All Additives, from Annex II to Regulation (EC) No 1333/2008 on foodadditives andList of Colorants Allowed In Cosmetic Products from Annex IV to Regulation (EC) No 1223/2009

Permitted as per Codex*
*Updated up to the 36th Session of the Codex Alimentarius Commission (2013)

Permitted Food color as per BIS 1695:1994 (Reaffirmed 2003)

Quinoline Yellow WS

E-Number : E104

C. I. No. : 47005

Alternative Names : C.I. Food Yellow 13, C.I. Acid Yellow 3,China Yellow

Quinoline YellowWS is a yellow food dye.It gives an appearance of greenish yellow shade in the applications.

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Permitted as Food,Drug and Cosmetic color per European Commission Regulation (EC)*
*Derived from Part B, List of All Additives, from Annex II to Regulation (EC) No 1333/2008 on food additives andList ofColorants Allowed In Cosmetic Products from Annex IV to Regulation(EC) No 1223/2009

Allura Red

E-Number : E129

C. I. No. : 16035

Alternative Names : C.I. Food Red 17, FD&C Red No. 40

Allura Red AC is a red dye. It gives an appearance of red to brownish red shade in the applications. It is commonly used as food additive and it is soluble in water.

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  • SOL
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Permitted as Food,Drug and Cosmetic color as per USFDA regulation CFR Title 21 part 74

Permitted as Food, Drug and Cosmetic coloras per European Commission Regulation (EC)*
*Derived from Part B, List of All Additives, from Annex II to Regulation (EC) No 1333/2008 on food additives and List of Colorants Allowed In Cosmetic Products from Annex IV to Regulation (EC) No 1223/2009

Permitted as per Codex*
*Updated up to the 36th Session of the Codex Alimentarius Commission (2013)

Erythrosine

E-Number : E127

C. I. No. : 45430

Alternative Names : FD&C Red No. 3, C.I. Food Red 14, C.I. Acid Red 51

Erythrosine primarily used as a food color. It gives an appearance of pink to reddish pink shade in the applications.

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  • SOL
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Permitted as Food and Drug color as per USFDA regulation CFR Title 21 part 74

Permitted as Food, Drug and Cosmetic coloras per European Commission Regulation (EC)*
*Derived from Part B, List of All Additives, from Annex II to Regulation (EC) No 1333/2008 on food additives and List of Colorants Allowed In Cosmetic Products from Annex IV to Regulation (EC) No 1223/2009

Permitted as per Codex*
*Updated up to the 36th Session of the Codex Alimentarius Commission (2013)

Permitted Food color as per BIS 1697:1994 (Reaffirmed 1999)

Carmoisine

E-Number : E122

C. I. No. : 14720

Alternative Names : Azorubine, C.I. Food Red 3, C.I. Acid Red 14

Carmoisine is a red food dye. It gives an appearance of red to maroon shade in the applications.

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Permitted as Food, Drug and Cosmetic coloras per European Commission Regulation (EC)*
*Derived from Part B, List of All Additives, from Annex II to Regulation (EC) No 1333/2008 on food additives and List of Colorants Allowed In Cosmetic Products from Annex IV to Regulation (EC) No 1223/2009

Permitted Food color as per BIS 2923:1995 (Reaffirmed 2001)

Ponceau 4R

E-Number : E124

C. I. No. : 16255

Alternative Names : C.I. Food Red 7, C.I. Acid Red 18, Cochineal red A

Ponceau 4R also known as Cochineal Red. Ponceau 4R is a red dye which can be used in a variety of food products. It gives an appearance of dark red shade in the applications.

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Permitted as Food, Drug and Cosmetic coloras per European Commission Regulation (EC)*
*Derived from Part B, List of All Additives, from Annex II to Regulation (EC) No 1333/2008 on food additives and List of Colorants Allowed In Cosmetic Products from Annex IV to Regulation (EC) No 1223/2009

Permitted as per Codex*
*Updated up to the 36th Session of the Codex Alimentarius Commission (2013)

Permitted Food color as per BIS 2558:1994 (Reaffirmed 2009)

Fast Green FCF

E-Number : 143

C. I. No. : 42053

Alternative Names : C.I. Food Green 3, FD&C Green No. 3

Fast Green FCF is a sea green triarylmethane food dye. It is a brilliant shade and less likely to fade. It gives an appearance of dark green shade in the applications.

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Permitted as Food, Drug and Cosmetic color as per USFDA regulation CFR Title 21 part 74

Permitted as Cosmetic coloras per European Commission Regulation (EC)*
*Derived from List of Colorants Allowed In Cosmetic Products from Annex IV to Regulation (EC) No 1223/2009

Permitted as per Codex*
*Updated up to the 36th Session of the Codex Alimentarius Commission (2013)

Permitted Food color as per BIS 6022:1994 (Reaffirmed 1999)

Brilliant Blue FCF

E-Number : E133

C. I. No. : 42090

Alternative Names : FD&C Blue No. 1, C.I. Food Blue 2, C.I. Acid Blue 9

Brilliant Blue gives an appearance of blue shade in the applications. It is soluble in water.

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Permitted as Food, Drug and Cosmetic color as per USFDA regulation CFR Title 21 part 74

Permitted as Food,Drug and Cosmetic coloras per European Commission Regulation (EC)*
*Derived from Part B, List of All Additives, from Annex II to Regulation (EC) No 1333/2008 on food additives and List of Colorants Allowed In Cosmetic Products from Annex IV to Regulation (EC) No 1223/2009

Permitted as per Codex*
*Updated up to the 36th Session of the Codex Alimentarius Commission (2013)

Permitted Food color as per BIS 6406:1994 (Reaffirmed 2008)

Indigo Carmine

E-Number : E132

C. I. No. : 73015

Alternative Names : FD&C Blue No. 2, Indigotin, C.I. Food Blue 1, C.I. Acid Blue 74

Indigo carmine also known as indigotine or FD&C Blue 2. It gives an appearance of violet to blue shade in the applications.

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Permitted as Food, Drug and Medical devices color as per USFDA regulation CFR Title 21 part 74

Permitted as Food,Drug and Cosmetic coloras per European Commission Regulation (EC)*
*Derived from Part B, List of All Additives, from Annex II to Regulation (EC) No 1333/2008 on food additives and List of Colorants Allowed In Cosmetic Products from Annex IV to Regulation (EC) No 1223/2009

Permitted as per Codex*
*Updated up to the 36th Session of the Codex Alimentarius Commission (2013)

Permitted Food color as per BIS 1698:1994 (Reaffirmed 1999)

Lake Allura Red

E-Number : E129

C. I. No. : 16035:1

Alternative Names : C.I. Food Red 17 Lake, FD&C Red No. 40 Lake, RojoAllura AC

Lake Allura Red is insoluble in water. It gives an appearance of red to brownish red shade in the applications.

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  • Powder
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Low dye : 12% - 17%
Mid dye : 22% - 27%
High dye : 32% - 42%

Lake Tartrazine

E-Number : E102

C. I. No. : 19140:1

Alternative Names : FD&C Yellow No. 5 Lake, C.I. Pigment Yellow 100

Lake Tartrazine is insoluble in water. It gives an appearance of yellow to orange shade in the applications.

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Low dye : 12% - 17%
Mid dye : 22% - 27%
High dye : 32% - 42%

Permitted as Food, Drug and Cosmetic colour as per USFDA regulation CFR Title 21 part 82

Lake Sunset Yellow

E-Number : E110

C. I. No. : 15985:1

Alternative Names : FD&C Yellow No. 6 Lake, C.I. Pigment Yellow 104

Lake Sunset Yellow is insoluble in water. It gives an appearance of orange to reddish orange shade in the applications.

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Low dye : 12% - 17%
Mid dye : 22% - 27%
High dye : 32% - 42%

Permitted as Food, Drug and Cosmetic colour as per USFDA regulation CFR Title 21 part 82

Lake Brilliant Blue FCF

E-Number : E133

C. I. No. : 42090:2

Alternative Names : FD & C Blue No. 1 Lake, C.I. Food Blue 2 Lake, C.I. Acid Blue 9 Lake

Lake Brilliant Blue FCF is insoluble in water. It gives an appearance of blue shade in the applications.

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Low dye : 12% - 17%
Mid dye : 22% - 27%
High dye : 32% - 42%

Permitted as Food, Drug and Cosmetic colour as per USFDA regulation CFR Title 21 part 82

Lake Indigo Carmine

E-Number : E132

C. I. No. : 73015:1

Alternative Names : FD & C Blue No. 2 Lake, Pigment Blue 63, C.I. Food Blue 1 Lake, C.I. Acid Blue 74 Lake

Lake Indigo Carmine is insoluble in water. It gives an appearance of violet to blue shade in the applications.

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Low dye : 12% - 17%
Mid dye : 22% - 27%
High dye : 32% - 42%

Permitted as Food,Drug and Cosmetic colour as per USFDA regulation CFR Title 21 part 82

Lake Erythrosine

E-Number : E127

C. I. No. : 45430:1

Alternative Names : C.I. Pigment Red 172, FD&C Red No. 3 Lake, C.I. Food Red 14 Lake, C.I. Acid Red 51 Lake

Lake Erythrosine is insoluble in water. It gives an appearance of pink to reddish pink shade in the applications.

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Low dye : 12% - 17%
Mid dye : 22% - 27%
High dye : 32% - 42%

Lake Fast Green FCF

E-Number : E143

C. I. No. : 42053

Alternative Names : FD & C Green No. 3 Lake, C.I. Food Green 3 Lake

Lake Fast Green FCF is insoluble in water. It gives an appearance of dark green shade in the applications.

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Low dye : 12% - 17%
Mid dye : 22% - 27%
High dye : 32% - 42%

Permitted as Food,Drug and Cosmetic colour as per USFDA regulation CFR Title 21 part 82

Lake Amaranth

E-Number : E123

C. I. No. : 16185:1

Alternative Names : C.I. Food Red 9 aluminum lake, C.I. Pigment Red 193

Lake Amaranth is insoluble in water. It gives an appearance of reddish brown shade in the applications.

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Low dye : 12% - 17%
Mid dye : 22% - 27%
High dye : 32% - 42%

Lake Carmoisine

E-Number : E122

C. I. No. : 14720:1

Alternative Names : Azorubin Lake, Acid Fast Red FB; Acid Red 2C; Chromotrope FB; Acid Rubine; AmacidCarmoisine B; Brilliant Acid Rubine M; Brilliant Carmoisine; C.I. Food Red 3:1

Lake Carmoisine is insoluble in water. It gives an appearance of red to maroon shade in the applications.

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Low dye : 12% - 17%
Mid dye : 22% - 27%
High dye : 32% - 42%

Lake Ponceau 4R

E-Number : E124

C. I. No. : 16255:1

Alternative Names : Acid Red 18 Aluminum Lake, C.I. Food Red 7 Lake

Lake Ponceau 4R is insoluble in water. It gives an appearance of dark red shade in the applications.

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Low dye : 12% - 17%
Mid dye : 22% - 27%
High dye : 32% - 42%

Lake Quinoline Yellow WS

E-Number : E104

C. I. No. : 47005:1

Alternative Names : C.I. Pigment Yellow 115, C.I. Food Yellow 13 lake, C.I. Acid Yellow 3 Lake

Lake Quinoline Yellow WS is insoluble in water. It gives an appearance of greenish yellow shade in the applications.

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Low dye : 12% - 17%
Mid dye : 22% - 27%
High dye : 32% - 42%

Lake Green – S

E-Number : E142

C. I. No. : 44090:1

Alternative Names : Food Green S Lake; FD&C Green 4 Lake; Acid green 50 Lake

Lake Green-S is insoluble in water. It gives an appearance of reddish green shade in the applications.

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Low dye : 12% - 17%
Mid dye : 22% - 27%
High dye : 32% - 42%

Lake Brown HT

E-Number : E155

C. I. No. : 20285:1

Alternative Names : Chocolate Brown HT Lake, Food Brown 3 Lake

Lake Brown HT is insoluble in water. It gives an appearance of blackish brown shade in the applications.

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Low dye : 12% - 17%
Mid dye : 22% - 27%
High dye : 32% - 42%

Lake Black PN

E-Number : E151

C. I. No. : 28440:1

Alternative Names : C.I. Food Black 1 Lake, Brilliant Black BN Lake, Food Black 1 Lake

Lake Black PN is insoluble in water. It gives an appearance of violet shade in the applications.

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Low dye : 12% - 17%
Mid dye : 22% - 27%
High dye : 32% - 42%

Lake Patent Blue V

E-Number : E131

C. I. No. : 42051:1

Alternative Names : Food Blue 5 Lake, Sulphan Blue Lake, Acid Blue 3 Lake

Lake Patent Blue V is insoluble in water. It gives an appearance of blue to greenish blue shade in the applications.

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Low dye : 12% - 17%
Mid dye : 22% - 27%
High dye : 32% - 42%

Canthaxanthin

E-Number : E161g

C. I. No. : 40850

Alternative Names : CI Food Orange 8

Canthaxanthin is a Catrotenoid naturally found in some fishes (salmon and trout), fungi, crustacean and flamingo feathers. Commercially it is produced by chemical synthesis and hence it is generally termed as nature – identical.

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Permitted as Food and Drug color as per USFDA regulation CFR Title 21 part 73

Permitted as Food, Drug and Cosmetic color as per European Commission Regulation (EC)*
*Derived from Part B, List of All Additives, from Annex II to Regulation (EC) No 1333/2008 on food additives and List of Colorants Allowed In Cosmetic Products from Annex IV to Regulation (EC) No 1223/2009

Permitted as per Codex*
*Updated up to the 36th Session of the Codex Alimentarius Commission (2013)

Carbon Black

E-Number : E153

C. I. No. : 77266

Alternative Names : C.I. Pigment Black 6,7, CarboVegetabilis, Vegetable Black, Vegetable Carbon

As the name suggests, CarboVegetabilis (or Carbon Black) is made from fine particles of carbonized vegetable material.

Carbon Black powder is very fine and produces a lot of dust causing cleaning problems. Roha recommends the use of the paste format to avoid undue mess within the customer’s production facility.

Color shades range from grey to black, depending on the dosage rate used.

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Permitted as Food, Drug and Cosmetic color as per European Commission Regulation (EC)*
*Derived from Part B, List of All Additives, from Annex II to Regulation (EC) No 1333/2008 on food additives and List of Colorants Allowed In Cosmetic Products from Annex IV to Regulation (EC) No 1223/2009

Iron Oxide

Iron Oxide Red
E – No. : E172
C. I. No. : 77491
Alternative Names : C.I. Pigment Red 101and 102, Red Oxide of Iron (Japan), Synthetic Iron Oxide (CFR 21)

Iron Oxide Yellow
E – No. : E172
C. I. No. : 77492
Alternative Names : C.I. Pigment Yellow 42 and 43, Yellow Oxide of Iron (Japan), Synthetic Iron Oxide (CFR 21)

Iron Oxide Black
E – No. : E172
C. I. No. : 77499
Alternative Names : C.I. Pigment Black 11, Black Oxide of Iron (Japan), Synthetic Iron Oxide (CFR 21)

Iron Oxides are synthetically produced version of nature’s pigments, ranging from black, yellow, red and brown in color.

They impart pastel shades as opposed to some of the brighter and clean shades imparted by other colors.

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Permitted as Food, Drug, Cosmetic and Medical Devices color, as per USFDA regulation CFR Title 21 part 73

Permitted as Food, Drug and Cosmetic color as per European Commission Regulation (EC)*
*Derived from Part B, List of All Additives, from Annex II to Regulation (EC) No 1333/2008 on food additives and List of Colorants Allowed In Cosmetic Products from Annex IV to Regulation (EC) No 1223/2009

Permitted as per Codex*
*Updated up to the 36th Session of the Codex Alimentarius Commission (2013)

Titanium Dioxide

E-Number : E171

C. I. No. : 77891

Alternative Names : C.I. Pigment White 6

Titanium Dioxide is manufactured from the ores Ilmenite or Rutile.

It is the white colorant of choice in food, drug and cosmetic uses.

Roha has a special formulation of Titanium Dioxide Dispersion, which does not sediment during its storage.

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Permitted as Food,Drug,Cosmetic and Medical Devices color as per USFDA regulation CFR Title 21 part 73

Permitted as Food, Drug and Cosmetic color as per European Commission Regulation (EC)*
*Derived from Part B, List of All Additives, from Annex II to Regulation (EC) No 1333/2008 on food additives and List of Colorants Allowed In Cosmetic Products from Annex IV to Regulation (EC) No 1223/2009

Permitted as per Codex*
*Updated up to the 36th Session of the Codex Alimentarius Commission (2013)