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Group Seeks Ban , Study On Food Dyes Linked To Behavior Problems

Posted by Jane Akre
Wednesday, June 04, 2008 11:54 AM EST
Category: Major Medical, Protecting Your Family
Tags: Food Additives, ADHD, Toxic Substances, Allergies, FDA

The Center for Science in the Public Interest has petitioned the FDA to ban dyes in childrens food.

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IMAGE SOURCE:  Wikimedia Commons/ colored candy/ author: Gila Brand

 

Take a walk down the cereal, candy, soda pop or snack food aisle of any grocery store and you’ll see a rainbow of colors - blue cereal, green marshmallows, yellow ice cream, pink frosting on pop tarts - all brought to you by the miracle of food dyes.

Food dye has no nutritional value but is used by manufacturers to appeal to young children, and to give a more natural appearance to foods, therefore to encourage sales.

The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) has petitioned the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to ban artificial food dyes. Studies have shown that dyes cause hyperactivity in some children. The CSPI calls them the “secret shame” of food industry regulators. 

"The continued use of these unnecessary artificial dyes is the secret shame of the food industry and the regulators who watch over it," said CSPI executive director Michael F. Jacobson in a statement.

"The purpose of these chemicals is often to mask the absence of real food, to increase the appeal of a low-nutrition product to children, or both. Who can tell the parents of kids with behavioral problems that this is truly worth the risk?"

Food dyes have been suspected of causing behavior problems since the 1970s when Dr. Ben Feingold, a San Francisco allergist, took his patients off food colorings, the basis for the Feingold Diet. Their behavior improved, he reported. 

Other studies have followed, most recently, two funded by the British government found that dyes and the preservative, sodium benzoate, adversely affected kids’ behavior.

That has largely led to a push in the United Kingdom (UK) to have artificial colorings removed from foods.  Mars Inc. uses natural colorings in their popular Starburst and Skittles candy.  McDonald’s has removed artificial food dyes from their strawberry shakes and ice cream sundaes in the UK.  In Britain, McDonald’s strawberry sauce color for sundaes comes from strawberries. In the U.S., it comes from Red dye #40.

Meanwhile in the U.S., manufacturers continue to produce those same items with artificial food dyes.  

The FDA does not test artificial dyes, but requires manufacturers to list the ingredients on its label and to do animal testing with repeated exposure to determine whether dyes cause harmful effects.

In a statement, the FDA reports that some individuals are sensitive to Yellow #5 and break out in hives, but the agency does not agree with the conclusions about ADHD or asthma.   

"(We) didn't find a reason to change our conclusions that the ingredients are safe for the general population," according to FDA spokeswoman, Julie Zawisza.

In the U.S., domestic production of food dyes quadrupled between 1995 and 1998, reports a Columbia University study on hyperactivity and food dyes. Three to 10 percent of American children are now diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).

Food coloring isn't limited to the kid aisle. Some vegetables rely on manufacturers to provide the color Mother Nature does not.  

For example, Kraft’s Guacamole Dip has an added splash of green, thanks to Yellow #5 and #6 as well as Blue 31. Even macaroni and cheese can contain food dyes, such as Betty Crocker’s Au Gratin “100% Real” Potatoes, says CSPI.

Yellow 5, Red 40 and six other colorings - Blue 1, Blue 2, Green 3, Orange B, Red 3, and Yellow 6- are linked to hyperactivity and behavior problems in children, are the focus of the CSPI petition which is asking for a warning label to be added to foods that contain these dyes while a ban is investigated.

The CSPI also wants the FDA to update information on its web site about the impact of artificial food dyes on behavior.

Joining CSPI's call are 19 prominent psychiatrists, toxicologists, and pediatricians who are calling on members of Congress to hold hearings on artificial food dyes and behavior, and to fund an Institute of Medicine research project on the issue. #


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Posted by Rev. J. R. ZEKE Whitelock
Saturday, June 07, 2008 12:53 PM EST

Posted @ MySpace: Monday, February 04, 2008
PREVENT CHILD ABUSE / READ THE LABELS...
"CRISIS MANAGEMENT IN FOOD"
VITAL INFORMATION FOR CONCERNED PARENTS:

... WHEN OUR SON NATHAN WAS 3 YEARS OLD, MY WIFE DECIDED TO START HIM ON "FLINTSTONES" CHILDRENS' VITAMIN SUPPLEMENTS... ... WITHIN A COUPLE HOURS OF RECEIVING HIS FIRST TABLET --- OUR COMPLIANT, CO-OPERATIVE, AND OBEDIENT CHILD HAD BECOME A NEARLY UNCONTROLLABLE "MONSTER"...
... HE WENT FROM: "WHAT CAN I DO TO HELP, MOM & DAD ?" --- TO: "DO IT YOURSELF ! I DON'T WANT TO, AND YOU CAN'T MAKE ME !"
... WE QUICKLY CHECKED THE LABEL ON THE "FLINTSTONES" BOTTLE, DISCOVERING THAT THE INGREDIENTS INCLUDED A HIGHLIGHTED: "CAUTION --- CONTAINS FDC SUNSET LAKE YELLOW 6"
... WE CALLED THE DRUGGIST WHERE WE HAD PURCHASED THE VITAMINS & ASKED ABOUT WHY THE FDC COLOR WAS HIGHLIGHTED AND WHAT REACTIONS MIGHT BE EXPECTED... NATHAN'S BEHAVIOR CHANGE WAS TEXT-BOOK, ACCORDING TO THE PHARMACIST, WHO ADDED THAT SUCH REACTIONS COULD BE EXPECTED FROM ANY OF THE "SUNSET LAKE" COLORS...

... WE CONTACTED THE FOOD, DRUG, AND COSMETIC ADMINISTRATION, CHILD ABUSE HOTLINES, AND A WIDE VARIETY OF FOOD PROCESSORS --- THEY WERE FULLY AWARE OF THE PROBLEM, BUT WERE UNWILLING TO DO ANYTHING ABOUT IT (FROM PRINTING MORE SPECIFIC WARNINGS TO OUTLAWING USE OF ANY OF THESE FDC COLORING AGENTS IN FOOD)... MANY OF THESE CONTACTS ACTUALLY THREATENED US IF WE MADE AN ISSUE OF IT !

... FROM OUR BRIEF EXPERIENCE WITH THIS SUBSTANCE, IT WAS APPARENT THAT SOME CHILDRENS' REACTIONS TO SO POWERFUL AND DANGEROUS AN ADDITIVE COULD EASILY LEAD UNINFORMED PARENTS TO AN ABUSIVE RESPONSE TO THIS "CHEMICAL DEMON" --- MANIFESTING THRU THEIR CHILD...
... LIKEWISE, IT COULD EASILY LEAD SCHOOL ADMINISTRATORS TO PRESCRIBING BEHAVIORAL CONTROL DRUGS AS "RITALIN" WHEN THERE WAS NO REAL PROBLEM WITH THE CHILD BEYOND SOME MINOR DIETARY ADJUSTMENT...

... SINCE OUR EXPERIENCE WITH OUR SON --- NEARLY 20 YEARS HAVE PASSED...
... INSTEAD OF BEING LIMITED IN ITS USE, AS A SANE PERSON MIGHT EXPECT WITH THE GOVERNMENT'S OWN ADMISSION OF THE SUBSTANCE'S TYPICAL, KNOWN SIDE-EFFECTS (HOW MUCH COULD BE IN A SINGLE CHILD'S VITAMIN PILL ?)
... FDC SUNSET LAKE YELLOW 6 IS NOW IN NEARLY ALL PREPARED FOODS --- ITS PRESENCE IS ACTUALLY OFTEN MANDATED BY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT...
... WE HAVE COUNSELLED WITH NUMEROUS FAMILIES WHOSE CHILDREN HAVE SUDDENLY GONE "OUT OF CONTROL" --- AND IN NEARLY ALL CASES, CAREFUL LABEL READING AND A RETURN TO BASIC OLD-FASHIONED HOME-MADE FOODS HAS CORRECTED THE PROBLEMS WITHIN A FEW DAYS...

... FDC SUNSET LAKE COLORS SEEM TO BUILD UP A RESIDUAL EFFECT IN THE CHILD'S SYSTEM OVER A PERIOD OF TIME --- WHICH (WITH TOO MUCH SUGAR, CAFFEINE, ETC.) CAN EXPLAIN IN PART, THE OVER-USE OF SCHOOL OR COURT MANDATED BEHAVIORAL CONTROL DRUGS AMONG AMERICA'S CURRENT GENERATION OF YOUTH...
... ADD THE INFLUENCES OF UNSTABLE FAMILY LIFE AND THE IMMORALITY & VIOLENCE ABSORBED FROM MEDIA SOURCES, AND IT IS NO WONDER WE ARE IN TROUBLE...

PARENTS --- HEED THIS ADVISORY WARNING & PASS IT ON !
REV. J. R. ZEKE WHITELOCK
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