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The FDA has a page for color additives and a separate one for food additives. They're fairly concise; they refer to but don't link to the complete documents. (I'll try and find those at some point.) For the EU, I believe you want E numbers. There's actually a pretty solid E number article on Wikipedia. On the EU site, there's a list of authorized food ...
The EU has a list of food additives in which everything is given a number (so you don't have to deal with companies trying to hide things using alternate names): https://webgate.ec.europa.eu/sanco_foods/main/?sector=FAD Many of the colorings are under Group II and Group III, but many other items (eg, fruit and vegetable juices) can be used as coloring, ...
I like Fuzzychefs idea for bring the strata up to temp. The recipes I have do say to let the strata sit for 30 minutes or more, but I always understood that to mean if you are not making it ahead of time to give the eggs and other liquids enough time to soak into the bread.
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