Sudan I

Sudan I
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Molar mass 248.28 g/mol
Melting point 131 °C (268 °F; 404 K)
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Sudan I (also commonly known as CI Solvent Yellow 14 and Solvent Orange R), is an organic compound, typically classified as an azo dye. It is an intensely orange-red solid that is added to colourise waxes, oils, petrol, solvents, and polishes. Sudan I has also been adopted for colouring various foodstuffs, especially curry powder and chili powder, although the use of Sudan I in foods is now banned in many countries, because Sudan I, Sudan III, and Sudan IV have been classified as category 3 carcinogens (not classifiable as to its carcinogenicity to humans)[1] by the International Agency for Research on Cancer.[2] Sudan I is still used in some orange-coloured smoke formulations and as a colouring for cotton refuse used in chemistry experiments.


A dye is a colored substance that has an affinity to some substrate. The dye is applied in an aqueous solution, and needs a mordant to stimulate the fixation of the dye on the textile filament. Dyes are classified based on industrial application, sources of origin, and miscellaneous factors.

One of the studies that changed the world of dye-making was led by August Wilhelm Hofmann. During the 1840s, Hofmann showed the identity of basic compound acquired from several sources.

William H. Perkin, a student of Hofmann, synthesized the first aniline dye. That dye, called mauve, was a dye that would make a big success in the dye-industry. Perkin and Hofmann artificially created a series of textile dyes that substituted for costly biological products.[3]

During the Industrial Revolution in Europe, the textile industry emerged, which generated cheap and easily applicable dyes and exposed the economic limitations of natural dyes.[4] The first azo dyeing technique was patented in 1880.

The Sudan dyes are a group of azo compounds which have been used to color hydrocarbon solvents, oils, fats, waxes, shoes, and floor polishes. As recently as 1974, about 270,000 kg (600,000 lb) of Sudan dye I,236,000 kg (520,000 lb) of Sudan dye II, 70,000 kg (150,000 lb) of Sudan dye III, and 1,075,000 kg (2,370,000 lb) of Sudan dye IV were produced in the United States.

Sudan I, also known as Solvent Yellow 14, and known under many other names, is a dye that was used as a food coloring agent, for instance it was used to color margarine to give it the typical butter color. It has been noted that since the seventies, some forms of cancer have appeared more frequently in industrialized societies. Therefore, there may be a connection between the increase of the disease and the amount of usage of these azo dyes.[5] That is why it has been approved as unsafe for human consumption, because it is considered that it is possible carcinogen and mutagen in humans. Therefore, it is forbidden to use in food, drugs, or cosmetics nowadays.[6]


Sudan dyes such as Sudans I–IV, are compounds of the group azo dyes that are used for different industrial and scientific applications.

Some Sudan dyes are used for staining in histology, such as Sudan black, which stains lipid structures.[7] Because this azo dyes are cheap, Sudan dyes are likeable for food coloring as well. However, due to their carcinogenicity they banned from use as food coloring in many countries.[8] Sudan I and IV are mostly detected in chili and curry products. These products hail often from Russian federation, Turkey, and India.[9] Due to the persisting application of Sudan dyes, their establishment in food matrices has gained global attention in the current years.

Except Sudan I, there are also other types of Sudan dyes as mentioned before. They are all synthetic organic compounds, but differ in their molecular structure and physical characteristics.

Sudan III (1-(4-(phenyldiazenyl)phenyl) azonaphthalen-2-ol) is used for mostly the same application but has for example a melting point that is 68 °C higher than that of Sudan I and it has one more benzene ring attached to one more azo bond.[10]

Sudan IV is a fat-soluble dye, also used for staining lipids. It has the same melting point as Sudan III and its chemical structure consists of two more methyl groups.[11] All together these Sudan dyes mentioned above belong to category 3 carcinogens.

Synonyms and brand names

  • Atul Orange R
  • Benzene-1-azo-2-naphthol
  • Brasilazina oil Orange
  • Brilliant oil Orange R
  • Calcogas M
  • Calcogas Orange NC
  • Calco oil Orange 7078
  • Campbelline oil Orange
  • Carminaph
  • Ceres Orange R
  • CerotinOrange G
  • CI Solvent Yellow 14
  • C.I. Solvent Yellow 14
  • Dispersol Yellow PP
  • Dunkelgelb
  • Enial Orange I
  • Fast oil Orange
  • Fast oil Orange I
  • Fast Orange
  • Fat Orange I
  • Fett Orange 4A
  • Grasal Orange
  • Grasan Orange R
  • Hidaco oil Orange
  • Lacquer Orange VG
  • MotiOrange R
  • Oil Orange
  • Oleal Orange R
  • Orange à l'huile
  • Orange insoluble OLG
  • Orange 3RA soluble in grease
  • Orange resenole No. 3
  • Orange R fat soluble
  • Organol Orange
  • Orient oil Orange PS
  • Petrol Orange Y
  • 1-(Phenylazo)-2-naphthol
  • Plastoresin Orange F4A
  • PyronalOrange
  • Resinol Orange R
  • Resoform Orange G
  • Sansei Orange G
  • Scharlach B
  • Silotras Orange TR
  • Solvent Yellow 14
  • Somalia Orange I
  • Sudan I
  • SpiritOrange
  • Spirit Orange
  • Spirit Yellow I
  • Stearix Orange
  • Sudan J
  • Sudan Orange R
  • Sudan Orange RA
  • Sudan Orange RA new
  • Tertrogras Orange SV
  • Toyo Oil Orange
  • Waxakol Orange GL
  • Waxoline Yellow I
  • Waxoline Yellow IM
  • Waxoline Yellow IP
  • Waxoline Yellow IS


1-Phenylazo-2-naphthol, or more commonly known as Sudan I or Solvent Yellow 14,[12] is a synthetic compound with the linear chemical formula C6H5N=NC10H6OH. It consists of β-naphthol with an arylazo group attached to the α-position of naphthol. Because it contains the functional group R-N=N-R’ it belongs to the azo compounds.[13] R and R' can either be an alkyl or an aryl group, with aryl groups being more stable because of their aromaticity.

Both the phenyl and the naphthanol group are aromatic ring systems. The sp2 hybridized nitrogen atoms in the azo group have a p-orbital that share a pair of π-electrons which connect the aromatic ring systems to form a fully conjugated system. This conjugation allows the molecule to absorb light in the visible range, thus making it useful as a dye, with longer conjugated systems absorbing longer wavelengths of light.


Azo coupling is the most widely used reaction for the production of dyes on an industrial scale. Azo dyes are easily synthesised in two steps via this procedure, with the starting materials being readily available and cheap.

The first step in the synthesis of Sudan I is the formation of a diazonium salt from an aromatic amine, which is called diazotization. In most cases this is done by reacting a primary amine like aniline with nitrous acid, which is made in situ from sodium nitrite in the presence of a strong inorganic acid like hydrochloric acid. Diazonium salts formed from primary aliphatic amines are too unstable and will spontaneously decompose in nitrogen gas and a carbocation that will react further to form alkenes, alkyl halides, and alcohols, with alcohols as the major product.

The strong acid protonates one of the oxygen atoms to form nitrous acid (1), after which it is protonated again making the hydroxyl group a good leaving group to split off as water. The remaining part is a nitric oxide cation (2).

The amine group on aniline then performs a nucleophilic attack on the nitrogen atom of the nitric oxide cation (3). The oxygen on the nitrosamine group is protonated twice (4), making it a good leaving group to split off as water(5), after which the benzene diazonium salt is formed (6). It is important to keep the temperature of the reaction mixture below 5 ˚C, otherwise the diazonium salt will become too unstable and spontaneously decompose as described earlier.

The second step in the synthesis of Sudan I is the azo coupling. Firstly, 2-naphthol is activated under alkaline condition to form 2-naphtholate (7). The acidic mixture with the diazonium salt is then added, which leads to a nucleophilic attack by 2-naphthanolate on the diazonium ion (8). Because the reaction mixture is now acidic, the oxygen atom gets protonated which leads to the elimination of the hydrogen atom bonded on the α position, which results in the formation of the Sudan I dye (9).[14]


An important feature of aliphatic azo compounds is their decomposition by heat into nitrogen gas and free radicals. The latter are often used to initiate polymerization reactions.[14]

At room temperature in the dark, the trans configuration of stable aromatic azo compounds is the most energetically favorable conformation. Under influence of light or heat this conformation can change to the cis isomer, changing the geometrical shape. This can be a useful property to make reversible molecular switches. By introducing fragments of stable azo compounds like azobenzene into biologically active molecules, such as proteins, a variety of biological processes can be controlled spatially and temporally by means of irradiation with light instead of adding reagents.[15]

It is shown that Sudan I suffers from oxidative photo-degradation by two different mechanisms, singlet oxygen degradation and free radical degradation, decreasing its fastness on materials. This effect can be reduced by introducing radical quenching substituents.[16]


While the metabolism of Sudan I is not yet understood in humans, its metabolism has been characterized in rabbits.[17] In rabbits, Sudan I is primarily metabolized by the liver by oxidative or reductive reactions.

Azo-reduction of Sudan I produces aniline and 1-amino-2-naphtol, and this reaction seems to be responsible for the detoxification. In vivo, after oxidation of Sudan I, C-hydroxylated metabolites are formed as major oxidation products and are excreted in urine. These metabolites are also found after oxidation with rat hepatic microsomes in vitro.

The C-hydroxylated metabolites may be considered as the detoxication products, while the benzenediazonium ion (BDI) formed by microsome-catalyzed enzymatic splitting of the azo group of Sudan I, reacts with DNA in vitro>.[18][19] The major DNA adduct formed in this reaction is identified as the 8-(phenylazo)guanine adduct, which was also found in liver DNA of rats who were exposed to Sudan I.

The formation of C-hydroxylated metabolites and DNA-adducts from Sultan I oxidation were also demonstrated with human CYP enzymes, with CYP1A1 being the major enzyme involved in the oxidation of Sudan I in human tissues rich in this enzyme, while CYP3A4 is also active in human liver.

The expression of CYP1A1 in human livers is low, less than 0,7% of the total hepatic CYP expression, while it contributes up to 12 to 30% in the oxidation of Sudan I in a set of human liver microsomes.[20] Moreover, Sultan I strongly induces CYP1A1 in rats and human cells in culture, due to activation of the cytosolic aryl hydrocarbon receptor.[21]

In bladder tissue, CYP enzymes are not detectable, while there are relatively high levels of peroxidases expressed in these tissues. In addition to oxidation by CYP enzymes, Sudan I and its C-hydroxylated metabolites are also oxidized by peroxidases, such as a model plant peroxidase, but also by the mammalian enzyme, cyclooxygenase. As a consequence DNA, RNA and protein adducts are formed.[18][19][22][23][24][25][26][27] (See figure 2).

Therefore, peroxidase-catalyzed activation of Sudan I has been suggested, in a similar way to other carcinogens, such as the carcinogenic aromatic amines.[28][29][30][31]

It is suggested that a CYP- or peroxidase-mediated activation of Sudan I or a combination of both mechanisms as an explanation for the organ specificity of this carcinogen for liver and urinary bladder in animals.[32] It must be noted that the Sudan I metabolites formed by peroxidase are much less likely to be formed at physiological conditions, because in vivo there are many nucleophilic molecules present which scavenge the Sudan I reactive species.[33] Hence, formation of adducts of Sudan I reactive species with nucleophilic species, such as DNA, tRNA, proteins, polynucleotides, and polydeoxynucleotides seems to be the preferred reaction under physiological conditions, with deoxyguanosine as the major target for Sudan-I DNA binding, followed by deoxyadenosine.[19]

Effect on humans

Sudan 1 is a compound being warned of for health hazards by the EU regulation.[5] It may cause allergic skin reactions and irritation of the skin. Exposure to the skin can happen by direct exposure to textile workers or by wearing tight-fitting textiles dyed with Sudan 1. Allergic reactions are induced when the azo dye binds to the human serum albumin (HSA), forming a dye-HSA conjugate, which immunoglobulin E binds to, which causes a release of histamine.[34]

Sudan 1 is also suspected of causing genetic defects. The mutagenicity and genetic hazard has been evaluated with the Ames-test and animal experiments. Further it is more suspected of causing cancer. The carcinogenicity is estimated by animal testing.[34]

Acute and chronic hazard can be caused when Sudan 1 is being swallowed or inhaled, when heated up is releases harmful fumes such as CO, CO2, and NO.[35] Therefore, exposure to the dye dust must be avoided.[34]

Safety and regulation

The regulation of Sudan 1 in Europe started in 2003 after repeated notifications were published in the EU rapid alert system The EU rapid alert system announced that Sudan I was found in chill powder and the foods that were prepared with it. Due to the suspicion of genotoxicity and mutagenicity of Sudan 1, a daily intake was not tolerable. The fast reaction of the European Commission was it to prohibit the import of chili and hot chili products. Also the BfR (Bundesinstitut fuer Risikobewertung) was asked for their opinion and came to the conclusion that Sudan dyes are principally harmful to the health. Sudan I was classified as a category three carcinogen and category three mutagen in Annex I of the Directive 67/548/EC. This classification was based on findings from animal experiments, conducted by the Federal institute for Risk Assessment (BfR).

The regulation of azo colorants by ‘The EU azo Colorants Directive 2002/61/EC’ has been replaced by the REACH regulation in 2009, when azo dyes where put on the REACH Restriction list Annex XVII.[36] This includes that these dyes are forbidden to be used in textiles and leather, that may come in direct and prolonged contact with the skin or oral cavity. No textile of leather product are allowed to be colored with azo dyes a specific list of the items can be found in the Official Journal of the European Union.[37] Furthermore, it is prohibited to place any textile or leather articles colored with azo dyes on the market.[37]

A certificate for azo dyes exists to ensure that dyes that cleave to one of the forbidden amines are not being used for dyeing. All dyers should ensure that the supply company is fully informed about the legislation of the prohibited azo dyes. To ensure this, they should be members of the EDAD (Ecological and Toxicological Association of Dyes and Organic Pigments Manufacturers) from which they can receive their certificate. Non-ETAD member sources suppliers correlate with doubt about the origin and safety of the dyes. Dyes without certification are not advised to be used.[36]

Toxicology, genotoxicity, and mutagenesis


There is no specific information about Sudan 1 available on its toxic, genotoxic, and mutagenic effect on humans.

Animal Experiments

Sudan 1 was associated with a significant increase in neoplastic nodules and carcinomas in, both male and female rats.[38] Under conditions of other studies, no significantly increased incidence of micro-nucleated hepatocytes were found after the administration of Sudan 1. These results suggest that the liver carcinogenicity may not be due to the genotoxic effects of Sudan 1. No carcinogenic effects were visible in livers of mice after the application of Sudan 1.[39] But when Sudan 1 is applied subcutaneously to mice, liver tumors were found.

Furthermore, DNA damage was depicted in the stomach and liver cells of mice.[40] In rats there was found to be no significant increase in the amount of micro-nucleated epithelial cells of the gastrointestinal tract. This indicates the absence of genotoxic compounds in the gastrointestinal epithelial cells in rats.[39]

Contradictive to the findings in the gastrointestinal tract and liver, there was an increase in micro-nucleated cells found in the bone marrow. The frequency of micro-nucleated bone marrow cells increased in a dose-dependent manner. Significantly higher incidences of micro-nucleated immature erythrocytes (MNIME)were found at a dose of 150/mg/day or more. This supports the explanation that Sudan 1 is oxidized or activated by peroxidase in the blood cells and thereby forming micro-nucleated cells.[39]

Guanosine DNA adducts derived from peroxidase metabolites of Sudan 1 were also found in vivo in the bladder of rats. The bladder also contains high levels of tissue peroxidase.[27]


Sudan I is genotoxic. It is also carcinogenic in rats.[41] Comparisons between experimental animals and human Cytochrome P450 (CYP) strongly suggest animal carcinogenicity data can be extrapolated to humans.[42]

Sudan I is also present as an impurity in Sunset Yellow FCF, which is its disulfonated water-soluble version.

Food scare

In February 2005, Sudan I gained attention, particularly in the United Kingdom. A Worcestershire sauce produced by Premier Foods was found to be contaminated with Sudan I. The origin was traced to adulterated chili powder.[43] The contamination was discovered by the Food Standards Agency.

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