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Is red dye safe for children

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10/01/14

There is a great article about this very thing on http://hereandnow.wbur.org in an interview between Sacha Pfeiffer, host for Here and Now and Michael Jacobson, executive director of the Center for Science in the Public Interest. Twitter @CSPI. It explains how the UK has banned certain food dyes, while the USA continues to use them. Here is an excerpt:

"There's been evidence for almost 40 years that food dyes trigger hyperactivity or inattention in children. About six years ago the British government sponsored studies that found exactly that. So they urged food companies in Britain to replace synthetic dyes with natural colorings or no added colorings, and many British companies switched over.

And then the European Union passed a law requiring that any food that contained the dyes used in those two British studies would have to put a warning notice on, warning consumers that the dyes might trigger hyperactivity. And so with the threat of a warning label, it's really hard to find these synthetic dyes anywhere in Europe because companies don't want to put a warning notice on."

Yet the FDA says these food dyes are safe! What do you think?

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