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Carbon Black

INS No.:153
E 153

Vegetable Carbon is known as vegetable black, carbon black, or carbo medicinalis vegetabilis. 
Vegetable Carbon  is is produced through steam activation (charring) of vegetable fibers. 
Vegetable Carbon  is an insoluble black food coloring used in confectionery products, icing, baked goods and ice cream. European and Canadian authorities approve Vegetable Carbon 's use as a colour additive. 
The United States FDA does not allow Vegetable Carbon's use.
Vegetable carbon is made from carbonized vegetable material and commercially distributed as fine black powder. 
Majorly vegetable carbon finds application in food industry, in particular confectionery products that require intense black colored confectionery, ices or desserts. 
Also, vegetable carbon find application as a shading agent and in combination with other colors to achieve different color intensities.
Food additives are monitored under the Joint FAO/WHO Expert Committee on Food Additives (JECFA) and the Codex General Standard for Food Additives (GSFA). 
In March 2018, EU released the list of approved food additives that include vegetable carbon (E153). 
After this, in conjunction with other EU legislations, use of vegetable carbon in Europe is approved. 
In Australia, Canada and New Zealand, vegetable carbon derived from plants are allowed to be used in food industry whereas use of vegetable carbon in the United States is banned.
Pharmaceutical companies are introducing plant-based vegetable carbon with active ingredients that have medicinal properties such as cleansing and detoxifying properties. 
After, EU approval of vegetable carbon, food additive manufacturers are likely to ramp up their production efforts to introduce plant-based vegetable carbon. 
Vegetable carbon also finds application in the cosmetics products such as face masks and whitening toothpaste as activated charcoal.

Physical Description of Vegetable Carbon 
Vegetable carbon is produced by the carbonization of vegetable materials such as wood, cellulose residues, peat and coconut and other shells. 
The raw material is carbonized at high temperatures and consists essentially of finely divided carbon.

Uses of Vegetable Carbon 
Typical applications include confectionery, bakery products, decorations, cheese coating, black caviar substitute, cosmetics, and pharmaceuticals.
The most common use (70%) of carbon black is as a pigment and reinforcing phase in automobile tires. 
Carbon black also helps conduct heat away from the tread and belt area of the tire, reducing thermal damage and increasing tire life. 
About 20% of world production goes into belts, hoses, and other non-tire rubber goods. 
The balance is mainly used as a pigment in inks, coatings and plastics.

Carbon black is added to polypropylene because it absorbs ultraviolet radiation, which otherwise causes the material to degrade. 
Carbon black particles are also employed in some radar absorbent materials, in photocopier and laser printer toner, and in other inks and paints. 
The high tinting strength and stability of carbon black has also provided use in coloring of resins and films. 
Carbon black has been used in various applications for electronics. 
A good conductor of electricity, carbon black is used as a filler mixed in plastics, elastomer, films, adhesives, and paints.
Vegetable Carbon  is used as an antistatic additive agent in automobile fuel caps and pipes.

Carbon black from vegetable origin is used as a food coloring, known in Europe as additive E153. 
Vegetable Carbon  is approved for use as additive 153 (Carbon blacks or Vegetable carbon) in Australia and New Zealand but has been banned in the US. 
The color pigment carbon black has been widely used for many years in food and beverage packaging. 
Vegetable Carbon  is used in multi-layer UHT milk bottles in the US, parts of Europe and Asia, and South Africa, and in items like microwavable meal trays and meat trays in New Zealand.

The Canadian Government's extensive review of carbon black in 2011 concluded that carbon black could continue to be used in products – including food packaging for consumers – in Canada. 
This was because “in most consumer products carbon black is bound in a matrix and unavailable for exposure, for example as a pigment in plastics and rubbers” and “it is proposed that carbon black is not entering the environment in a quantity or concentrations or under conditions that constitute or may constitute a danger in Canada to human life or health.”

Within Australasia, the color pigment carbon black in packaging must comply with the requirements of either the EU or US packaging regulations. 
If any colorant is used, Vegetable Carbon  must meet European partial agreement.

INS NO. 153
E 153
EINECS NO. 231-153-3
CAS 7440-44-0

Vegetable carbon or activated charcoal is a powder obtained from carbonized wood and it is therefore a natural organic substance which can be used as a color additive or as a food supplement. 
The supplements made from vegetable carbon are recommended for treating intestinal disorders, flatulence and bloating, due to its absorption properties.
Vegetable carbon has a beneficial effect when it is consumed in 1 gram dosages at least 30 minutes before a meal and shortly after. 
Now consider the preparation of baked goods, 15-20 g of vegetable carbon are used per kg of flour, and it is deduced once the quantities are used and consumed as an additive in bread. 
This means that Vegetable Carbon  is insufficient to have beneficial effects and therefore, Vegetable Carbon  should be consumed as a supplement. 
The European Commission expressed itself in favor of the coal-based plants citing that “activated carbon helps reduce excessive postprandial flatulence.

Physical Information of Vegetable Carbon 
The E153 is a food additive, which the European Union (EU) and Canadian authorities have approved. 
However, it is prohibited in the United States, as the FDA does not approve its use. The E153 has a common name known as vegetable carbon.  
Vegetable Carbon  is also known as carbon black, vegetable black or carbo medicinalis vegetabilis.
Vegetable Carbon  is produced from green bamboo, refined from high-temperature carbonization process. 
Vegetable Carbon s production is through steam activation. Steam activation is achieved by charring vegetable fibres. 
Raw materials like nutshells, peat, wood, and cellulose residues are used to achieve this process.
Vegetable Carbon  are ground into small particles before adding glycerin or glucose for ease of use in food.  
Vegetable Carbon  contains fine particles of carbonized vegetable material. The carbon black powder is particularly fine. 
Vegetable Carbon's color shade ranges from grey to black, depending on the amount used.

Benefits of Vegetable Carbon 
Vegetable Carbon  is utilized as a natural coloring agent in food products and frozen drinks.
Vegetable Carbon  is insoluble in water, which makes it suitable as a filtering aid or a clarifying agent. 
This, however, minimizes its usage in drink and food products.

Application Reference
Food    Maximum Usage(g/kg)
Frozen Drinks    5
Candy    5
Cakes    5
Biscuit    5
Collagen Casings    
According torequirement

Common Uses of Vegetable Carbon 
Vegetable Carbon  is rarely utilized alone in food as it offers an intense black color. 
This color is suitable for specific varieties of confectionery like desserts or ice. 
Nevertheless, it can be used as a shading agent with other colours, hence increased color intensity.
Vegetable Carbon  has common uses like confectionery, decorations, cheese coating, cosmetics,pharmaceuticals, bakery products, and black caviar substitute.
Products such as jam crystals, jelly crystals, and liquorice are among the food and drinks come under its category .
An excellent example of vegetable carbon in drinks is where Alex Kratena at London’s Artesian bar incorporated vegetable ash on his Dream to a dream cocktail.

Physical Properties of Vegetable Carbon 
Appearance:black powder 
Assay:    95.00 to 100.00
Food Chemicals Codex Listed:    No
Soluble in:
 water, 2610 mg/L @ 25 °C (est)
Insoluble in:

Vegetable charcoal: origin and benefits

What is active vegetable charcoal?
Several organic raw materials are used to make up vegetable charcoal. 
Their common point is their wealth of charcoal. It can be:
Wood bark;
Plant residue;
Walnut shells (especially coconut);
To obtain the activated vegetable charcoal, these organic products are carbonized until one obtains a black powder. 
The calcination treatment takes place in two stages: the raw material is first exposed to very high temperatures (between 600 and 900 ° C), without oxygenation. 
Then a second calcination is carried out to activate the benefits of charcoal and optimize its porosity.

How does Vegetable Carbon  work?
Due to its porous nature, charcoal has a high adsorption capacity. 
Therefore, it takes action within the body by capturing and retaining undesirable substances (impurities, toxins, gases, etc.) on its surface and by promoting their evacuation through the digestive tract or the kidneys.

Adsorption of Vegetable Carbon 
Adsorption can easily be confused with the concept of absorption. Some may also think of a spelling mistake. 
This isn’t the case. 
In reality, these two phenomena do exist, and they are even opposed. 
In the case of absorption, the external elements are aspirated and retained by an organism. 
On the other hand, adsorption helps reject unwanted molecules.

Under what form can we find vegetable charcoal?
Naturally, activated vegetable charcoal comes in the form of granules or powder. 
However, to facilitate its consumption, it is also often marketed in the form of capsules or tablets.
In addition, to take advantage of some of its benefits (which we shall detail in the next section), you can also find activated vegetable charcoal in the composition of certain hygiene and care products such as toothpastes or masks.
On Cocooncenter, vegetable-based products have been carefully selected so that you can make the most of its benefits in every area.

What are the benefits of vegetable charcoal?
There are several virtues of activated vegetable charcoal. 
Vegetable Carbon  mainly allows to:
Detoxify the body: it makes it easy to evacuate waste and toxins through the stool.
Promote the proper functioning of the intestines: activated charcoal mostly limits problems related to bloating. 
Gases which may stagnate in the digestive tract are attracted by the charcoal which binds it and directs it outside.
Reduce skin discomfort: used as an active agent in cosmetic products (mask, scrub), vegetable charcoal cleanses and purifies the skin by capturing and getting rid of the impurities present on the upper layer of the epidermis.
There is another benefit of charcoal which concerns teeth.
When added as a pure substance to toothpaste, charcoal acts as a polish. 
Vegetable Carbon  has the ability to whiten teeth and prevent tartar. However, these properties are not scientifically proven and precautions while using are important, to avoid damaging the enamel.
To limit the risks associated with improper use of pure charcoal on toothpaste, charcoal toothpastes are available, such as Bicare Gifrer Plus, which includes other active agents in its composition, such as fluorine. 
This protects the enamel.

How to enjoy the benefits of vegetable charcoal?
Who can make the most of vegetable charcoal?
Everyone can enjoy the benefits of charcoal, adults and children. However, for young children or in the event of pregnancy or breastfeeding, you should seek advice from your doctor or pharmacist, before taking on a charcoal treatment.
In addition, there are also some contraindications to its use. In case of peptic ulcer or intestinal obstruction, it is not recommended to consume charcoal.

When to use vegetable charcoal?
Vegetable charcoal is mostly used to decontaminate an organism attacked by a toxin or poison. 
Therefore, Vegetable Carbon  is particularly useful in the case of food poisoning to help the body get rid of bacteria.

Vegetable charcoal also has useful therapeutic properties, which fights against drug overdoses.
At the same time, this natural remedy can be used in the event of digestive disorders such as aerophagia, bloating or gas.

Directions for use of Vegetable Carbon 
What quantity of vegetable charcoal to take?
The dosage depends mainly on two factors:
The disorder one needs to soothe;
The format (capsule, powder, or granules).
For powder, Vegetable Carbon  is important to dilute it in water to avoid the risk of suffocation. 
In addition, Vegetable Carbon  is also recommended to drink a second glass of pure water so that you don’t suffer from constipation or dehydration.
Last but not least, charcoal powder can also be mixed into yogurt.
As for capsules and granules, the amount to take depends on the brands and manufacturers. 
Vegetable Carbon  is therefore required to get advise on how to use the product.

Side effects and precautions for use of Vegetable Carbon 
Vegetable Carbon  doesn’t have many side effects if the dosages are well respected. However, you must know that it is likely to darken stools. 
Vegetable Carbon  is harmless.
In terms of precautions for use, do not forget that activated vegetable carbon has an adsorbing effect on many substances, including drugs. 
Therefore, you are advised to space out your drug intake with activated charcoal, at least by 2 hours. 
Birth control pill is one of the substances that can be captured and eliminated by charcoal. 
This could negate its effect. 
Therefore, all women using this type of contraceptive, need to be careful.

VERORA vegetable carbon reaches a carbon content of about 75 to over 85% carbon depending on the ratio of wood to bark greenery. 
Unground vegetable carbon has a structure from sawdust particles to pieces of coal with a good 10 mm. Due to the final moistening to 70 to at most 80% dry substance, the vegetable carbon is dust-free. 
We achieve the high coal quality with very low, harmless pollutant values with a quality assurance system developed over several years from wood procurement to coal filling. 
These are important prerequisites for sustainable, safe use in agricultu

Definition of Vegetable Carbon 
Vegetable activated carbon is produced by the carbonisation of vegetable material such as wood, cellulose residues, peat and coconut and other shells. 
The activated carbon thus produced is milled by a roller mill and the resulting highly activated powdered carbon is treated by a cyclone. 
The fine fractio40800n from the cyclone is purified by hydrochloric acid washing, neutralised and then dried. 
The resulting product is what is known traditionally as vegetable black. 
Products with a higher colouring power are produced from the fine fraction by a further cyclone treatment or by extra milling, followed by acid washing, neutralising and drying. 
Vegetable Carbon  consists essentially of finely divided carbon. It may contain minor amounts of nitrogen, hydrogen and oxygen. Some moisture may be absorbed on the product after manufacture.

Colour Index No    77266
Einecs    231-153-3
Chemical name    Carbon
Chemical formula: C
Atomic weight    12,01
Assay Content: not less than 95 % of carbon calculated on an anhydrous and ash-free basis
Loss on drying: Not more than 12 % (120 °C 4 h)
Description: Black, odourless powder

Identification of Vegetable Carbon 
Solubility:Insoluble in water and organic solvents
Burning    When heated to redness it burns slowly without a flame
Ash (Total): Not more than 4,0 % (ignition temperature: 625 °C)
Arsenic: Not more than 3 mg/kg
Lead: Not more than 2 mg/kg
Mercury: Not more than 1 mg/kg
Cadmium: Not more than 1 mg/kg
Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons    
Benzo(a)pyrene less than 50 μg/kg in the extract obtained by extraction of 1 g of the product with 10 g pure cyclohexane in a continuous extraction.
Alkali soluble matter    
The filtrate obtained by boiling 2 g of the sample with 20 ml N sodium hydroxide and filtering shall be colourless

Key Benefits of Vegetable Carbon  :
Absorb dirt and pollutant from skin surface.

Description :
100% natural steam activated carbon with high absorbing properties and extracted from European peatlands. 
COSMOS certified with a guarantee of Ecological & Responsible Peatland Management. Globally compliant. 
High specific area. High oil absorption providing purifying effect. Small particule size for a better dispersibility. 
Strong black color providing a nice grey to black color to cosmetic products.

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION of Vegetable Carbon 
Product name: Vegetable carbon black
Source: Bamboo; wood
Specification: Vegetable carbon black is in liquid/powder form with 99% concentration
CAS number: None; E-number: E153

Description of Vegetable Carbon 
Vegetable carbon black is extract from tree shell by charring. It is insoluble color and usually used as suspension.

Application of Vegetable Carbon  
Vegetable carbon black can be widely used in food industry, health products, cosmetics, pharmaceutical industry, etc.

PACKAGE: 200g/Bag; 10Kg/Bag
SHELFLIFE: At 20oC, 5 Years

Food Additive
Ingredients: vegetable carbon black

Usage: for cake, biscuit, candy, rice product, wheat powder product.

Maximum dosage: 5g /kg.
Use: must be used in food processing, can not eat directly.
Storage: keep in cool and dry place, it’s a normal situation for have lump phenomena, there is no risk of use.
Shelf Life: 60 months

HOW Vegetable Carbon  IS MADE?
Vegetable carbon derives from a particular wood process. 
This process occurs naturally over thousands of years: the organic material thus becomes fossil fuel. 
Today, wood is used to obtain vegetable charcoal, usually poplar, willow, birch or pine. 
In short, Vegetable Carbon  is burned but without flame (pyrolysis): Vegetable Carbon  is heated to very high temperatures (about 600 degrees) and in the absence of oxygen until Vegetable Carbon  becomes charcoal. 
The coal is then subjected to a process of activation through exposure to oxidizing gases. 
In this way Vegetable Carbon  obtains porosity on the surface, the main feature that makes Vegetable Carbon  an element with many beneficial properties.

What is Vegetable Carbon for?
There are many benefits deriving from the use of vegetable (or activated) carbon. 
This supplement is mostly indicated for problems with intestinal bloating and abdominal due to its great absorbing power. 
Vegetable Carbon  is also used for limit absorption toxic substances such as in the case of mushroom poisoning. 
Finally, vegetable carbon is also used for aesthetic purposes: Vegetable Carbon  is excellent teeth whitener and a good element for skin creams.

Activated carbon to support the digestive tract
Activated carbon, also known as medical charcoal, had its influence in earlier civilizations such as the Greeks and Egyptians. 
Vegetable Carbon  is a highly porous charcoal, which thereby maintains the properties of opening like a sponge and breaking into small pieces. 
In this way Vegetable Carbon  unfolds a large surface area, which gives it Vegetable Carbon's characteristic ability to absorb. 
This means that carbon particles can bind other substances such as toxins, chemicals and even odor molecules to their surface.
Charcoal has been used for centuries to treat poisoning and diarrhea. 
This is because activated carbon, as it is often called, is able to bind bacteria and gases. 
Thanks to this absorbing effect, toxins can be eliminated from the body via the stool.
Purasana charcoal reduces flatulence after eating, relieves bloating and promotes digestion.

Dairy Free
Egg Free
Fish Free
Free of Colours
Fructose Free
Gelatine Free
Gluten Free
Lactose Free
No Artificial Sweetener
No Flavours
No Magnesium Stearate
No Microcrystal Cellulose
No Silicon Dioxide
No Sugar Alcohol
Nut Free
Peanut Free
Preservative Free
Shellfish Free
Soy Free
Sugar Free
Wheat Free
Yeast Free
Made In Europe
Without Additives

Nutrition Values of Vegetable Carbon 
Energy Value: 1624 kJ / 346 kcal
Fat: 1
which: satures0,2
which: sugars 0,6
Protein: 8

Vegetable Carbon  is a 100% natural steam activated carbon with high absorbing properties, extracted from European peatlands.

Vegetable Carbon  can absorb toxins, impurities, and other harmful substances from the skin, leaving Vegetable Carbon  cleaner and healthier. 
Good for oily and acne prone skin types as Vegetable Carbon  helps absorbs oxidized sebum.

Vegetable Carbon  helps to remove pollutants from skin pores as it exfoliates the dead skin cells, and removes unpleasant odours. 
Vegetable Carbon  can also stimulate cells growth leaving your skin supple, delicate and smooth.

Technical properties of Vegetable Carbon :
High specific area
High oil absorption providing purifying effect
Small particle size for a better dispersibility
Strong black colour providing an impactful black colour to cosmetic products

Product Details of Vegetable Carbon :
Place of Origin:China
Brand Name:    ARS
Certification:    ISO, HACCP, KOSHER
Model Number:    ARS-291

Carbon Black, also known as Vegetable Carbon, is derived from vegetable material for food use, produced by combustion to form insoluble carbon (a fine powder).
Carbon Black (E153) is a very stable pigment for heat, light and oxidation, giving grey to true black shades.
It has applications in jelly crystals, preserves, jams, sugar confectionery, bakery products and licorice.

PRODUCT INFORMATION of Vegetable Carbon 
Name of Food Additive:
Tito Herbal Carbon Black Food Coloring Gel Water Soluble

Component List:
Glycerin, Vegetable Carbon Black
E Code: E153
The net amount: 1 kg
Physical Structure of Vegetable Carbon :
water soluble
Lot Number:
Lot numbers of all raw materials and packaging materials are recorded for retrospective traceability.
The lot number of the product is located on the product packaging.
Functional Class of Food Additive:

Synonyms of Vegetable Carbon     
Vegetable black

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