Analysis of Cochineal Extract

JFE-TEC can analyze cochineal extract.

Trend of Laws and Regulations

The cochineal extract is the crimson-colored natural dye carmine which is derived from a scale insect in the suborder Sternorrhyncha. This insect is native to tropical and subtropical South America and Mexico. Today, it is used as a natural food coloring (beverages, candies, hams, and fish sausages) and a cosmetics dye (lip stick, eye shadow).

At present there is no law established in Japan for regulating the use of the cochineal extract, but there are some 20 reports from 1960s that it potentially caused severe allergic reactions and anaphylactic shock in some people. The Consumer Agency in Japan issued the warning of carmine and cochineal extract in May 2012, since they could cause allergic reactions ranging from sneezing to asthma as well as anaphylactic shock in some sensitive individuals.

JEF-TEC's Strength in Analysis of Environment-Related Substances

  • JEF-TEC has expertise and experience with the quantitative analysis of hazardous substances in the environment using the most advanced analysis instrument.
  • JEF-TEC can provide the analysis service for additives in foods as well as those in cosmetics and stationeries.


Analysis Method

Example of foods

Example of foods

Example of LC/MS/MS Spectrum

Example of LC/MS/MS Spectrum

Analysis Example

  • Foods
  • Cosmetics
  • Stationeries

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