INS No. 162
Beet powder (dehydrated beets)
Beet red is the color obtained from the roots of red beets (Beta vulgaris L var rubra), as press juice or by aqueous extraction of shredded beet roots; composed of different pigments all belonging to the class betalaine; main coloring principle consists of betacyanins (red) of which betanine accounts for 75-95%; minor amounts of betaxanthine (yellow) and degradation products of betalaines (light brown) may be present. Besides the color pigments the juice or extract consists of sugars, salts and/or proteins naturally occurring in red beets.
Dehydrated beets is a dark red powder prepared by dehydrating sound, mature, good quality, edible beets.
Beet red can be used to color hard candies, yogurt, ice creams and frozen desserts, salad dressings, ready-made frostings, cake mixes, meat and meat substitutes, powdered drink mixes, gravy mixes, biscuit filling, marshmallow candies, fruit preparations, convenience foods, soft drinks, and gelatin desserts.
Beet red (INS No. 162) is a food additive that is included in Table 3 of the General Standard for Food Additives (GSFA), and as such may be used in specified foods under the conditions of good manufacturing practices (GMP) as outlined in the Preamble of the Codex GSFA.
Evaluation of certain food additives and contaminants (Thirty-first report of the Joint FAO/WHO Expert Committee on Food Additives) WHO Technical Report Series No. 759, 1987. Available online
EFSA ANS Panel (EFSA Panel on Food Additives and Nutrient Sources added to Food), 2015. Scientific Opinion on the re-evaluation of beetroot red (E 162) as a food additive. EFSA Journal 2015;13(12):4318, 55pp. Available online