Colouring Foods products are food ingredients used for colouring purposes. They are food with colouring properties which come from edible plant sources such as vegetables and fruits.

In order to distinguish between colouring foods and an additive food colour, in 2013, the Commission adopted “Guidance notes on the classification of food extracts with colouring properties”. These Guidance notes can be found at the end of the “Introduction to Food Colours Legislation” page.