Monitoring of the generation of non-mutagenic benzoic acid compounds during the manufacture of erythrosine.

The generation of 2-(2',4'-dihydroxybenzoyl) benzoic acid (DHBBA) and 2-(2',4'-dihydroxy-3',5'-diiodobenzoyl) benzoic acid (DHDIBBA) during the manufacture of erythrosine (Food Red No. 3) was examined. DHBBA is formed as an intermediate during the synthesis of fluorescein, and as fluorescein is produced, it is gradually consumed. However, under… CONTINUE READING