Citrus Red 2

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A dye used to tint orange skins a bright orange color; CR2 induces chromosomal damage, and is carcinogenic in animals when administered in extremely high doses; the impact of the low levels to which humans eating dyed oranges are exposed is uncertain, and probably minimal
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But it may surprise consumers to learn that there are lingering questions about the safety of most of the nine synthetic dyes that can be used in food (Blue 1, Blue 2, Citrus Red 2, Green 3, Orange B, Red 3, Red 40, Yellow 5, and Yellow 6).
Trouble is, studies indicate citrus red 2 has cancer-causing potential in animals.
Another additive, Citrus Red 2, is a carcinogen, according to CSPI.