Food Coloring From Fungal Ingredients

Microma, an ingredient biotech startup, is one of many companies endeavoring to make food coloring from natural ingredients to replace commonly used options like Red 40 and Yellow 5, which can “include synthetic, petroleum or animal-derived products.” Rejecting chemical colors, Microma is using precision fermentation to make colors using fungal ingredients. Their first product is Red+ (an alternative for Red 40) which has proven to be stable when tested with various temperatures and across the pH spectrum. The company plans to petition for approval from the US Food and Drug Administration and the European Food Safety Authority in the near future. Read more about the startup at Tech Crunch.

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