Fact Sheet: Synthetic Food Dyes and California's OEHHA


Dyes are designed to make junk food more attractive to children, but this class of chemical is linked to behavioral problems in children.

Evidence of the link between synthetic food dyes1 and neurobehavioral problems in children, including hyperactivity and inattention, has been accumulating for decades.

For the past several years, California’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) has been conducting the most sophisticated and rigorous assessment undertaken to date of the relationship between synthetic dyes and effects on child behavior.