Wednesday, October 25, 2017 by Jhoanna Robinson
Brilliant black BN is a synthetic black food azo dye. It has tested positive for genetoxicity and deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) damage when testing isolated cells. It is very soluble in water.
Brilliant black BN is used as coloring in brown sauces, food decorations and coatings, desserts, soft drinks, fish paste, red fruit jams, blackcurrant cake mixes, flavored milk drinks, ice cream, mustard, lumpish caviar, and soups.
Brilliant black BN is also used as coloring agents in cosmetics, hair dyes, tattoo inks, and textiles. It is currently banned in Sweden, Japan, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Finland, Germany, Norway, Switzerland, and the United States.
Brilliant black BN is known for its other names such as C.I. food black 1, black PN, C.I. 28440, L black 8000, xylene black F, blue black BN, brilliant acid black, certicol black PNW, cilefa black B, edicol supra black BN, E151, hexacol black PN, melan black, and 1743 black.
Brilliant black BN is considered a major environmental pollutant. A huge amount of it pollutes rivers and streams.
Brilliant black BN may have mutagenic and carcinogenic properties. Reductive cleavage or degradation into component aromatic amines lead to the genetoxicity of azo dyes, which form N-hydroxylarylamines. Under acidic pH, N-hydroxylarylamines form reactive nitrenium ions that can alkylate bases in DNA, especially the nucleophilic centers in guanine. This action contributes to the carcinogenicity of many azo dyes.
Brilliant black BN is bad for the skin. It can cause urticaria (hives), which is a type of skin rash with red, itchy, and raised bumps. It can create major systemic negative effects to the body when it enters the bloodstream through cuts, abrasions, or lesions.
Brilliant black BN is bad for the respiratory system. It is most especially cumbersome to people with pre-existing conditions such as asthma, emphysema, chronic bronchitis, and allergic rhinitis. Over prolonged exposure to it, brilliant black BN can cause lung damage.
It can also cause chronic respiratory diseases such as pneumoconiosis, whose prime symptom is breathlessness.
Brilliant black BN is bad for the nervous system. It is a probable cause of attention-deficit disorder (ADD) in children.
Brilliant black BN is bad for the digestive system. It interferes with the activities of digestive enzymes that ensure the proper process of digestion.
Brilliant black BN is bad for the immune system. It is said to cause lupus, an autoimmune disorder in which the body’s immune system goes renegade and attacks healthy tissues, thus damaging the skin, blood, lungs, joints, kidneys, and the heart. This may have something to do with lupus-inducing drugs being amines in nature.
Brilliant black BN is bad for the excretory system. It is said to cause bladder cancer.
Brilliant black BN is bad for the respiratory, nervous, digestive, immune, and excretory systems.
Brilliant black BN is a synthetic black food azo dye.
Brilliant black BN is considered a major environmental pollutant.
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