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D&C Red No. 40

Excipient (pharmacologically inactive substance)

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Dec 10, 2020.

What is it?

FDA has regulatory review for color additives used in foods, drugs, cosmetics, and medical devices. D&C Red No. 40 is not listed as a FDA-approved colorant; however FD&C Red No. 40 is listed. FD&C colors are the colors certified for use by the U.S. FDA in the food, drug, and cosmetic industry.[1][2] FD&C indicates that the colorant is approved for use in food, drugs and cosmetics, and D&C indicates it is approved for use in drugs and cosmetics. It appears that D&C Red No. 40 would fall under the same regulations as FD&C Red No. 40.

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[1] Electronic Code of Federal Registers. Title 21: Food and Drugs. Part 74. Summary of Color Additives for Use in the United States in Foods, Drugs, Cosmetics, and Medical Devices. Accessed online 8/19/2012.

Further information

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