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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

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Color Additives

Under theFederal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (Chapter VII, section 721), color additives, except for coal tar hair dyes, are subject to FDA approval before they may be used in food, drugs, or cosmetics, or in medical devices that come in contact with the bodies of people or animals for a significant period of time. The following resources are related to the use of color additives in FDA-regulated products.


Color Additive Inventories

Color Additives in Specific Products

Color Additive Petitions

Color Certification

Compliance & Enforcement

Laws, Regulations, and Guidance

Science & Research







Contact FDA

Outreach and Information Center

Consumers: consumer@fda.gov

Industry: industry@fda.gov

Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition
Food and Drug Administration

5100 Paint Branch Parkway
College Park, MD 20740

Industry and Consumer Assistance