Paprika Extract



INS No 160c(i-ii)

Paprika oleoresin

E 160c
Paprika extract, Capsanthin, Capsorubin

Physical Description

Paprika is a deep red, sweet, pungent powder from the ground, dried pod of mild capsicum (Capsicum annuum L.). Paprika extract is obtained by solvent extraction of the dried ground fruit pods of Capsicum annum. The major coloring principles are capsanthin and capsorubin, and other coloring compounds such as other carotenoids are also prsent. Extracts are slightly viscous, homogeneous red liquids and are used to obtain a deep red color in any food that has a liquid/fat phase.

Common Uses

Paprika is used to color meat products, confectionery, vegetable oils, snacks, surimi, seasonings, soups, sauces, salad dressings, marinades, processed cheese, bakery products, fruit preparations, convenient foods and canned goods. Its use as both a color and a spice overlap frequency.




EU Commission Regulation (EU) No 231/2012

Regulatory Approvals

USA:  Paprika (21 CFR 73.340) and Paprika Oleoresin (21 CFR 73.345) are color additives excempt from certification and permanently listed for food use at GMP.

JECFA: Paprika extract: 0–1.5 mg/kg bw, expressed as total carotenoids (79th Report, 2014).

EU: ADI of 24 mg/kg bw/day or 1.7 mg carotenoids/kg bw/day for paprika extract (EFSA, 2015). Maximum levels of paprika extract (E 160c) have been defined in Annex II to Regulation IEC) No 1333/2008 on food additives.

Safety Assessment

JECFA evaluated paprika extract at its 69th meeting and noted that in In a well conducted 90-day study in rats given diets containing a commercial
sample of paprika extract, no adverse effects were reported at a dietary concentration of 5%, equivalent to 3000 mg/kg bw. Similarly, in a long-term study of combined toxicity/carcinogenicity in rats given the same material, no evidence of toxicity or carcinogenicity was noted at dietary concentrations of up to 5%.

Safety Reviews

JECFA (2014). Evaluation of certain food additives: seventy-ninth report of the Joint FAO/WHO Expert Committee on Food Additives. WHO technical report series; no. 990. Available online

EFSA ANS Panel (EFSA Panel on Food Additives and Nutrient Sources added to Food), 2015. Scientific Opinion on the re-evaluation of paprika extract (E 160c) as a food additive. EFSA Journal 2015;13(12):4320, 51 pp. Available online