“The FDA says food dyes may exacerbate problems in susceptible children diagnosed with ADHD because they may have a unique intolerance to them.” (CBS -links to sources at the end of this blog)
On July 20, 2010, a European Union regulation, adopted July 2008, went into effect requiring that food labels for products containing any of six food colors state that they “may have an adverse effect on activity and attention in children.”
Since warning labels are now required in much of Europe, American companies like Kellogg’s, General Mills and Kraft did away with the artificial dyes overseas. So, some foods in Europe, like M&M’s, just aren’t as bright. (CBS)
And so as the concern about synthetic food dyes led many manufacturers in Europe to stop using them, CBS 2’s Mary Kay Kleist reports, these dyes are still used here in America in everything from cereal to crackers to toothpaste.
Food manufacturers in the U.S. can use nine dyes in all. Red 40, Yellow 5 and Yellow 6 make up 90 percent of the market. You see them everywhere, listed on a bright cereal box or a pickle jar. The colors are used in everything from cough syrup and toothpaste to waffles and crackers.
The Washington Post says:
“The British government funded two studies, each involving almost 300 children. Their results were even more startling: Artificial food dyes (in combination with a common preservative) could make even children with no known behavioral problems hyperactive and inattentive.
Health officials in the United Kingdom urged manufacturers to stop using the six dyes — including Red 40, Yellow 5 and Yellow 6 — involved in those studies. Next, the European Parliament required that foods containing those chemicals bear a label warning that the dyes “may have an adverse effect on activity and attention in children.” That is seen by some as the death knell for artificial dyes throughout Europe.”