Chlorophylls and chlorophyllins
E140 E140
Group E131-E142
Type Natural
Source A natural colour which is present in all plants and algae. Chlorophylls used as a food additive are usually extracted from nettles, grass and alfalfa.
Used in Pasta, absinthe, cheeses, preserved vegetables, jams, jellies and marmalades.
Description E140 is not a listed food colour in the USA. The European Food Safety Authority will re-evaluate the safety of E131 by the end of 2015. Research into the antioxidant properties of chlorophyll is ongoing as these may prove beneficial in the treatment and prevention of cancer.