Yellow 6 (also known as Orange Yellow S, or C.I. 15985) is a petroleum-derived orange azo dye.



Yellow 6 is used in food, cosmetics, and drugs. For example, it is used in candy, desserts, snacks, sauces, and preserved fruits.

Yellow 6 is often used in conjunction with E123, amaranth, to produce a brown colouring in both chocolates and caramel


Yellow No. 6 (also known as sunset yellow) is a colorant used in drug dosage forms such as tablets and capsules. It is also approved for use in foods and cosmetics. FD&C Yellow No. 6, a water-soluble, monoazo dye, imparts a reddish-yellow color to medicinal dosage forms.


The acceptable daily intake (ADI) is 0–4 mg/kg under both EU and WHO/FAO guidelines.

Sunset Yellow FCF has no carcinogenicity, genotoxicity, or developmental toxicity in the amounts at which it is used.

It has been claimed since the late 1970s under the advocacy of Benjamin Feingold that Sunset Yellow FCC causes food intolerance and ADHD-like behavior in children but there is no scientific evidence to support these broad claims. It is possible that certain food coloring may act as a trigger in those who are genetically predisposed, but the evidence is weak.


None are recorded.

Other names

Sunset Yellow, Orange Yellow S; FD&C Yellow 6; C.I. 15985; E110





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