A recent assessment performed by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) revealed that 96 percent of all children aged 2-5 years are exposed to food dyes, including Red 40, Yellow 5 and Blue 1, according to Food Safety News. Although there has been no formal, causal link established between the intake of synthetic food dyes and adverse health effects, researchers have suspected for more than 40 years that the over-consumption of synthetic food dyes is linked to hyperactivity, Food Safety News reported. The full results of the exposure study have not yet been published, according to The Food Poisoning Bulletin.
While the FDA allows dyes such as Yellow 5, Yellow 6, Red 40 and the like, the European Union has banned several of these same dyes, and require warning labels for several others, based on the fact that the dyes have never been proven safe, the Food Poisoning Bulletin Reported. According to www.CSPInet.org, Lisa Lefferts of the Center for Science in the Public Interest, stated, “The FDA is failing kids and parents by allowing the use of these purely cosmetic chemicals in food, which trigger behavioral problems in some children, as even the FDA conceded in 2011.”
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