Permissibility of the ingredient "Red 40"
Question: Could anyone shed some light on a particular ingredient called "Red 40" that seems to be in all red, orange and purple products?
Answer: 'Red 40' is a food colouring which is made from insects. It normally comes in two types. One is the natural flavour and the other is the artificial flavour. The artificial flavour is safe to use since it is not made from insects, however, the natural flavour is not permissible to use since it is extracted from insects. The manner of knowing the difference is that the artificial one comes with the name 'Red 40', while the natural one comes with the name 'Natural Red 40'.
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Mufti Waseem Khan