Food dyes don’t need warning labels

Consumer Reports News: April 01, 2011 11:28 AM

That’s the recommendation of an advisory panel to the Food and Drug Administration. But it did say more research is warranted. And there are certainly other reasons to limit the processed foods that are most likely to include artificial food dyes.

The 14-member advisory panel voted eight to six against the warning, saying that there’s no clear evidence linking food dyes with hyperactivity or other health problems in the general population. It did acknowledge that in some children with existing hyperactivity disorders, food additives might worsen the problem.

The FDA doesn’t have to adhere to the advice from its advisory panels, but usually does.

Our nutrition experts agree that more research is needed to investigate the possible health risks of artificial food dyes. But they say there are plenty of other reasons to limit consumption of processed foods, which tend to be high in calories from added sugars and low in nutritional value anyway.

Our report on attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, based on our survey of parents, found that a combination of behavioral changes, plus medication when necessary, often helps children with ADHD.

Certified Color Additives in Food and Possible Association with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder in Children March 30-31, 2011
[Food and Drug Administration]

Joel Keehn

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