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Chlorophyll is an oil soluble pigment obtained from Lucerne, Nettle, Spinach and Grass, providing an olive-green color. The water-soluble form, Sodium Chlorophyllin is obtained by the saponification of oil soluble forms. Chlorophyllin provides an olive-green shade and has poor stability in both heat and light.
Typical applications for chlorophylls and chlorophyllins include confectionery, desserts, beverages, dairy products, ice cream, fruit preparation, bakery products, soups, sauces, snack food, seasonings, and convenience food.
Chlorophylls are a food additive that is included in Table 3 of the General Standard of 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. Chlorophylls could also be used in heat-treated butter milk of food category 01.1.1 and spices of food category 12.2.1. Chlorophylls are acceptable in foods conforming to commodity standard CS 117-1981.
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EFSA ANS Panel (EFSA Panel on Food Additives and Nutrient Sources added to Food), 2015. Scientific Opinion on the re-evaluation of chlorophyllins (E 140(ii)) as food additives. EFSA Journal 2015;13(5):4085, 42 pp. Available online.
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