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    Question: Many dyes used in food products are classified a hazardous chemicals in their pure form. Why then can they be safely used in those food products?

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    In their pure form many dyes are either acidic or basic
    and therefore corrosive. Or perhaps they might be considered
    to be carcinogenic.

    In foods, dyes are usually on the
    order of only 10^-5 M (0.00001 M) or less.
    10^-4 M would be about the concentration of a dye in
    a very colored drink like Gatorade or Kool-Aid.

    At this concentration the toxic properties are ...

    Solution Summary

    The safety of dyes used in food industry is discussed.