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D&C Yellow No. 5

Excipient (pharmacologically inactive substance)

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Oct 5, 2020.

What is it?

FDA has regulatory review for color additives used in foods, drugs, cosmetics, and medical devices. D&C Yellow No. 5 is not listed as a FDA-approved colorant; however FD&C Yellow No. 5 (tartrazine) 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]


[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 April 13, 2012.

[2] U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Color Additives: FDA's Regulatory Process and Historical Perspectives. Accessed April 13, 2012.

Further information

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