A Rainbow of Risks
The Food and Drug Administration is failing to protect children from the disturbing behavioral problems caused by artificial food dyes, even though evidence of those problems has continued to mount since 2011, when an FDA advisory panel last considered the issue.
Is your child sensitive to food dyes?
Commonly used food dyes, such as Yellow 5 and Yellow 6, and Red 40, pose risks including hyperactivity in children. Some also pose a risk of cancer (like Red 3) and allergic reactions. In 2008, because of the link with hyperactivity and related behavioral problems, the Center for Science in the Public Interest petitioned the FDA to ban the use of these dyes. The British government and the European Union have taken actions that are virtually ending the use of most food dyes throughout Europe.
Considering the adverse impact of these chemicals on children, and considering how easily they can be replaced with safe, natural ingredients, it's time to get rid of them altogether from the United States and Canada.
- Seeing Red: Time for Action on Food Dyes (January 2016)
- Food Dyes: A Rainbow of Risks (June 2010)
- Diet, ADHD & Behavior: A Quarter Center Review (updated 2009)
- Change.org Petition: Tell the FDA to Ban Harmful Synthetic Food Dyes
- FDA Petition to require front of label disclosure of artificial colorings (December 2011)
- FDA petition to ban food dyes (June 2008)
- Change.org food dyes movement page