Brilliant Black BN is a synthetic, black, azo food dye.

Health considerations

Brilliant Black BN has tested positive for genotoxicity and DNA damage when testing isolated cells, but has not been associated with carcinogenic effects or DNA damage in long term animal studies. There is no data on food sensitivities to the dye.

Keep in mind

A 2010 review by the European Food Safety Agency concluded that at current expected intake levels Brilliant Black BN did not pose a health risk.

May be found in

food decorations and coatings, desserts, sweets, ice cream, mustard, red fruit jams, soft drinks, flavored milk drinks, fish paste, lumpfish caviar



Alternative Spellings and Names

E151, C.I. Food Black 1; 1743 Black; Black PN; Blue Black BN; Brilliant Acid Black; C.I. 28440; Certicol Black PNW; Cilefa Black B; Edicol Supra Black BN; Hexacol Black PN; L Black 8000; Melan Black; Xylene Black F

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