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Synthetic Food Colour - Tartrazine Dye

Tartrazine also known as FD&C Yellow 5, is a synthetic lemon yellow azo dye and a significant colour in the artificial food colour manufacturing industry. It is known for its vibrant and bright yellow hue, which provides an appealing and attractive look to products. This water-soluble dye comes in powder or granular forms, making it versatile for use in various products such as candies, drinks, dairy products, and more.

History of the Tartrazine Dye

Tartrazine dye chemically known as trisodium 1-(4-sulfonatophenyl)-4-(4-sulfonatophenylazo)-5-pyrazolone-3-carboxylate was first synthesized by the German chemist Emil Fischer in 1884. This artificial dye gained popularity in very little time because of its ability to provide a vibrant and stable colour to products. At that time this dye was used in the manufacturing of soft drinks and candies, where a bright and appealing colour played a vital role. Later, manufacturers started to use this dye at the commercial level in various products such as food and beverages, cosmetics, and pharmaceuticals.

Applications of Synthetic Tartrazine Dye

In today’s world, synthetic food colours including Tartrazine are used in various applications globally. These colourants provide an appealing and attractive look to products, which attracts consumers and boosts product sales. Manufacturers use Tartrazine dye in the manufacturing of many products. in the food industry, this dye is used in soft drinks, candies, desserts, snacks, and sauces. In the pharmaceutical industry, it is used to colour various syrups, pills, and other pharmaceutical components. These colours help identify and differentiate medicines, reducing the chances of errors and also helping in product recognition.

Throwback to Using Low-Quality Tartrazine Dye

Low-quality synthetic food colours have many throwbacks. These poorly prepared colours affect more at the commercial level. It produces uneven colouring and fades during product storage, and these colours do not provide an appealing look to the products. They often contain impurities that can cause allergic reactions and other health problems. Also, they do not fulfill all the regulatory standards which also leads to legal issues as well. All these things affect the reputation of the brand and decrease the product's sales.

Regulatory Compliance on Tartrazine Dye

Many regulatory bodies around the world check the quality and safety of synthetic food colours, including Tartrazine, which is commonly known as Food Yellow 4. Each country has its own governmental body that oversees and approves colours for use in products such as food, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, and more. In the United States, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), in Europe, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), and in India, the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) are responsible for these regulations.

Ajanta Food Colours is a leading company in the synthetic food colour manufacturing industry with over 75+ years of legacy. The company manufactures high-quality colours, including Tartrazine that meet all regulatory standards imposed by governmental bodies worldwide. Ajanta’s range of colours includes water-soluble food dyes, food colour blends (mixed food colours), organic and inorganic pigments, etc., making their colourants versatile for use in various products such as food, beverages, cosmetics, and pharmaceuticals.

Ajanta Food Colours ensures the quality of its products by using the latest technologies and machinery in the manufacturing process. These machines include ICP OES to detect heavy metals in raw materials and finished goods, high-performance liquid chromatography for organic impurities, UV spectrometry to analyze pigment content and strength, absorbance curves of colours, thin-layer chromatography, vacuum ovens for LOD tests, humidity detection in products, and colour matching machines, along with other instruments for comprehensive testing of raw materials and colours.

Ajanta Food Colours is a trusted and reliable synthetic food colour manufacturer in India and the first choice for many manufacturers around the world. Ajanta Food Colours has received various awards and certificates from the Indian governmental bodies as well as from the countries where Ajanta exports its colours. Some of these awards and certifications include The Arch of Europe Award, the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) Award, certifications from The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI), the US Food and Drug Administration (US FDA), as well as Halal, Alcumus ISOQAR, Star-K Kosher, Food Safety System 22000 (FSSC 22000), and ISOQAR certifications, among others.


By using high-quality colours from Ajanta Food Colours including Tatrazine, manufacturers have benefits. Ajanta offers a range of colours that provide an appealing and attractive look to products, capturing consumers' attention and boosting sales. These colours come in various shades, allowing manufacturers to create unique coloured products that stand out in the competitive market, thereby improving brand recognition and trust among consumers.

With a proven track record of customer satisfaction, Ajanta Food Colours stands at the forefront of the synthetic food colour manufacturing industry. For more information about Ajanta Food Colours and its offers, or for any other inquiries, please contact us.