- The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the algae-based spirulina as a natural blue coloring alternative to FD&C Blue #1.
- The approval came for gum and candy as a response to a petition from Mars Inc.
- Kurt Seagrist, a senior VP in Natural Colors at CHR Hansen told Food Navigator that the ingredient approval could mean new possibilities for other customized colors as well for confectionery companies.
From the article:
The FDA's decision to give the thumbs up to spirulina as a source of blue color in candy and gum finally gives US firms a natural alternative to artificial FD&C Blue #1 ('brilliant blue') and opens up new opportunities in natural greens, say color suppliers. ...