A dark, reddish-purple synthetic dye. Amaranth was developed in 1878 by H. Baum. It is a water soluble azo dye derived from coal tar. Amaranth is a nonpermanent color used as a colorant in textiles and color photography. It was banned by the FDA in 1976 for use in food and cosmetics.
Synonyms and Related Terms
FD&C Red No. 2; Red Dye No. 2; CI 16185; Acid Red 27; Food Red 9; Ariabel Red 18.42; Pigment Red 193 (on aluminum); amarantti (Fin.); amarant (Ned.); amarante (Fr.); amaranto (Esp.); amaranto (It.)
Soluble in water, glycerol, propylene glycol. Insoluble in most organic solvents.
|Molecular Weight||mol. wt. = 604.46|
Hazards and Safety
Fisher Scientific: MSDS
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