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History of Food Coloring the Past 100 Years


By the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries food coloring increasing became popular as a method to mask the appearance of inferior food products. While these colorants were in fact natural substances, the majority have been removed from the worlds food chain by regulation. The first synthetic coloring was created by British chemist Sir William Henry Perkin in 1856 and by the end of the century there were over eighty synthetic derivatives. This fact started the regulatory environment which has led to the current available food coloring options available in various countries.

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